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huge egg...next day dead hen?

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Yesterday or the day before I collected my eggs as usual and found a rather large egg in the next boxes. As I have about 20 hens, I had no idea which may have laid it. This evening when I went to go feed them and close up the coop, I found one of the hens had died during the day. She was given to us by a family that was moving, but I believe most of their flock is pretty young.

 

She has no obvious wounds or anything, is a nice healthy bird. Or at least she was. I did notice her rear end looked a bit odd, although I must admit I have never paid a lot of attention.

 

Could this hen have had inside injuries if she had was the one that laid the huge egg? And that is what may have killed her?

 

I am attaching a picture of the huge egg next to a regular egg.

 

Thank you for any thoughts you may have. I'm pretty sad that I lost her with no clue as to why. She was a really pretty hen.

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Hi, I honestly can't offer any advice except to say that i have a hen that is relatively new to laying and it pops out whoppers like the one in your photo, and she seems fine.

 

Hope you get the answers you are looking for.

 

All the best

CT

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You may be able to judge from the color of the shell if the deceased hen laid the huge egg, are any other hens laying a similarly colored egg and if she is do you know if the current layer and the diseased hen are the same breed, the same strain, or from the same source?

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It might be more helpful to post a photo of her vent if it looks odd..... perhaps she prolapsed. It is also possible to have a necropsy done to establish cause of death or you could cut her open yourself and have a look. It might save others in your flock from becoming ill or dying.

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Sorry for the loss of your hen.  The only way to tell what she died of would be to have a vet do a necropsy.

Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 1 horses: Zane Grey , 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 12 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele.  Jersey Giant...

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Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 1 horses: Zane Grey , 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 12 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele.  Jersey Giant...

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Most of my chickens lay this color of egg, so there is no way for me to track thru color. I had thought of doing my own investigating by cutting her open. Not sure how much that would help me as I wouldn't know if anything was wrong unless it was very obvious.

 

I'll keep her in a snow bank and take a look at her this afternoon after work. Since she's already dead I don't think I can hurt her ;)and it would be an interesting learning experience for me. We have only butchered roosters so have never had reason to see inside a hen.

 

I'll take pictures, see if anyone with much more knowledge than myself can see anything.

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