I'm so sorry for your loss of the first bird. I'm also completely understanding of being a victim of this economy so trust me, I wouldn't off-handedly recommend seeing a vet if I didn't honestly feel it was absolutely necessary.
And unfortunately it really is necessary.
Egg binding is when an egg doesn’t exit the female bird. Dystocia is the obstruction of oviposition or cloacal function because of the egg in the distal oviduct.
If you even suspect that your hen (female bird) is egg-bound, getting her to a doctor who is experienced with birds, preferably an avian specialist, is necessary right now. You cannot delay.
In the meantime, making sure she gets some plain water with an eyedropper just inside the beak, a drop or two at a time (slowly, not forcefully) may be helpful in keeping the bird alive until medical intervention.
You can try swabbing her vent area with a bit of KY jelly or other lubricant (not Vaseline) – even regular cooking oil is ok in a pinch.
Set her in a shallow pan of warm water (not hot) – this might relax the muscles enough to pass the egg.
You don’t have much time - find an urgent care facility and go now. It’s far better to be driving two hours to the nearest caregiver rather than trying to wait this out.
She may not only face a life threatening situation here, but this is a common cause of paralyzation in birds. Sometimes permanent.
Egg binding may have any one of a number of underlying causes, including hyperthermia or hypothermia (too hot; too cold). By improving the temperature and humidity in the environment, it could help with the passing of the egg; other causes are malformed egg, poor muscle tone or other health and condition problems in the hen.
Egg peritonitis is another possible complication of egg laying birds. In some birds the ova end up in the body cavity. There is no chance of success of this egg and it cannot re-enter the oviduct. There are many reasons this happens to begin with, but the most important thing you have to do is get the bird to a vet.
When you notice symptoms that may appear to be egg binding, any discharge from the vent that looks unusual or is happening without the bird making a dropping, any lethargy or depression in a bird that has been known to lay eggs, enlargement of the abdominal area – don’t waste any time with a ‘wait and see’ stance. The misplaced egg will generally cause peritonitis (inflammation in the body cavity) and as the yolk is absorbed by the peritoneum it will likely cause a reaction in the bloodstream that can be fatal rather quickly.
Find an avian vet near you http://aav.org/vet-lookup and
Another very productive search site is
These days, with birds growing fast in popularity as in home companions, many DVM’s are quite experienced and able to see and treat many birds. If you have a pet store that sells birds or know of any bird breeders – ask them who they use for their bird care.
These days it’s always nice to know there’s help if we need it:
American Animal Hospital Association
The AAHA Helping Pets Fund helps with veterinary care for sick or injured pets, including those abandoned or with owners experiencing financial hardship.
Angels 4 Animals
Services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need.
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
From $1 to over $25,000, they offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget.
God's Creatures Ministry
Fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help.
Efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the
Dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.
The Pet Fund
The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that
provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need
urgent veterinary care.
Ask your local Humane Society and/or ASPCA for help; and don’t forget to contact your local pet stores. Oftentimes they have rescue orgs working out of them or with them and can offer you a list of numbers to call. Someone should have options in place for kind hearted people like you doing the right thing.
I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX works out for both of you