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Symptoms of a broken egg inside a hen?

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This morning my EE was the last out of the coop and walking slowly. Very unusual for her. Her vent feathers and bottom were covered in poop & maybe an egg type liquid. Yesterday she did not lay but I found yolk soaked into shavings & other eggs in the nesting box. Also her crop felt full when she has had nothing to eat. She's drinking but that's all. I washed her bottom off and am preparing to move her inside. Could this be a broken egg & would it cause her crop to impact? What is the best treatment? Thanks
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Howdy DepotMudilk

 

Apologies for the late reply to your post .. how is your hen?

 

I am far from an expert on what ails chickens but I did have a hen lay a soft shelled egg just prior to a hard moult.

 

She was on the roost and I went out to check on them and lock up about 8pm and noticed she had laid the egg and had yolk etc on her feathers and the broken soft shell on the coop floor.

 

I cleaned her up as best I could at that time of night without upsetting her and the others.

 

The next morning she was very uncomfortable, straining and miserable which was an indication she had retained some of the soft shell.

 

I gave her a warm soak in an Epsom Salts bath and fed her some sardines in oil.  That afternoon she passed the remainder of the shell and made a full recovery.

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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This morning my EE was the last out of the coop and walking slowly. Very unusual for her. Her vent feathers and bottom were covered in poop & maybe an egg type liquid. Yesterday she did not lay but I found yolk soaked into shavings & other eggs in the nesting box. Also her crop felt full when she has had nothing to eat. She's drinking but that's all. I washed her bottom off and am preparing to move her inside. Could this be a broken egg & would it cause her crop to impact? What is the best treatment? Thanks

How is your hen doing? You could put on a rubber glove and insert a finger 1-2 inches inside her vent to check for any remnants of egg or membrane. Check her crop in the morning to see if it is emptying. Offer her some raw or cooked egg, a small amount of plain yogurt, and some vitamins and electrolytes in her water.

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Thank you for the replies! I ended up giving her a warm soak and kept her in a dog crate for the day. She later passed some sort of egg material which ill add a picture of. She seems to be acting fairly normal and is back with the other hens eating and drinking.She has not laid an egg again though which is concerning. There have been 2 shell less eggs which i assume are hers. There is always oyster shell available in their pen. Her feathers do look ruffled, maybe the beginning of a molt or other hens taking advantage her weakened state. Should I soak her again & what would be causing the lack of shell?  

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