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I had to put down a hen today because she was very sick and cold barely breathe. When I butchered her I found multiple egg yolks inside of her. I had thought that she earlier had lost her voice because she would make a kind of a high pitched sound, but now I know those were cries of pain.

 

Anyone know what went wrong with her?

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Where they attached to the ovary? It's pretty normal to see 2-5 egg yolks of varying sizes attached to the ovary, along with hundreds of tiny, ungrown eggs. Sometimes you'll find a shellless or complete egg as well, down in the oviduct. However, if there was any obviously broken yolks, or masses of yolk/egg, or any obvious lumps or abnormalities in the reproductive tract, then I would say that's abnormal and could have caused your issue.

I will say that I personally have never had a hen cry in pain like, say, people or dogs do. They do make noise during immediate injury, but I've never had one act like that during a prolonged illness. Did you check on her lungs and trachea? Her bronchi? How was her esophagus? The inside of her mouth? Given the noise you heard her making, I would be more worried about an issue in one of those areas.

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Where they attached to the ovary? It's pretty normal to see 2-5 egg yolks of varying sizes attached to the ovary, along with hundreds of tiny, ungrown eggs. Sometimes you'll find a shellless or complete egg as well, down in the oviduct. However, if there was any obviously broken yolks, or masses of yolk/egg, or any obvious lumps or abnormalities in the reproductive tract, then I would say that's abnormal and could have caused your issue.

I will say that I personally have never had a hen cry in pain like, say, people or dogs do. They do make noise during immediate injury, but I've never had one act like that during a prolonged illness. Did you check on her lungs and trachea? Her bronchi? How was her esophagus? The inside of her mouth? Given the noise you heard her making, I would be more worried about an issue in one of those areas.
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Where they attached to the ovary? It's pretty normal to see 2-5 egg yolks of varying sizes attached to the ovary, along with hundreds of tiny, ungrown eggs. Sometimes you'll find a shellless or complete egg as well, down in the oviduct. However, if there was any obviously broken yolks, or masses of yolk/egg, or any obvious lumps or abnormalities in the reproductive tract, then I would say that's abnormal and could have caused your issue.

I will say that I personally have never had a hen cry in pain like, say, people or dogs do. They do make noise during immediate injury, but I've never had one act like that during a prolonged illness. Did you check on her lungs and trachea? Her bronchi? How was her esophagus? The inside of her mouth? Given the noise you heard her making, I would be more worried about an issue in one of those areas.

 

Well I initially thought it was some sort of respiratory issue, so maybe that's what it was. There were some yellow colorations that looked like broken yokes. The weird sound she made lasted for weeks, but she seemed OK. Then she suddenly turned downhill when it got cold. I thought it might be some kind of obstruction, but these chickens won't let me touch them so that I can get a hold on them to check. I really don't know enough about chicken physiology to be able to answer your other questions. Guess I have some learning to do. Next chicks I get I'm going to handle them so that they will let me hold them. Hard to diagnose a problem when they won't let me handle them

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