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Oviductal Rupture

Oviductal rupture is a serious reproductive condition in hens. Although it sometimes occurs secondary to dystocia or oviductal disease, it is usually caused by inexperienced poultry owners administering their birds' hormonal drugs to help them pass an egg. These drugs include oxytocin, prostaglandins, arginine vasotocin, and ovocentesis.

Clinical Signs

Abdominal distension
Loss of appetite
Deposition of egg or oviductal contents


  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Radiographs
  • Ultrasound
  • Laparoscopy
  • Laparotomy


Hormone implantsSuprelorinĀ®, Virbac is used 'off-label' to stop ovulation (egg production) in hens.
Salpingohysterectomy (spaying)The surgical removal of the entire oviduct of the chicken.
Supportive care



Do not administer anything to your bird without consulting with your veterinarian first.

Scientific References

Risk Factors

  • Giving hormones to hens suspected of egg binding, without knowing what your doing.