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Hen seems to be struggling to lay first egg

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My Austrolorp, Annie, seems to be struggling. I have been waiting for her to lay her first egg as she's around 8 months old now and has yet to lay. Today as I was sitting and having a coffee I notice her squatting and making little strained clucks. I got all excited and watched on, hoping I would witness her first egg. Unfortunately she just gave up and started walking around at which point I noticed she has poo stuck to her bum. I've heard this can happen when they struggle to lay and/or are eggbound. Has this happened to anybody else? Should I do anything or give her some time? She's a beautiful bird, I don't want to neglect her and have her get ill or die.

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My Austrolorp, Annie, seems to be struggling. I have been waiting for her to lay her first egg as she's around 8 months old now and has yet to lay. Today as I was sitting and having a coffee I notice her squatting and making little strained clucks. I got all excited and watched on, hoping I would witness her first egg. Unfortunately she just gave up and started walking around at which point I noticed she has poo stuck to her bum. I've heard this can happen when they struggle to lay and/or are eggbound. Has this happened to anybody else? Should I do anything or give her some time? She's a beautiful bird, I don't want to neglect her and have her get ill or die.


How is the hen doing? 

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My Austrolorp, Annie, seems to be struggling. I have been waiting for her to lay her first egg as she's around 8 months old now and has yet to lay. Today as I was sitting and having a coffee I notice her squatting and making little strained clucks. I got all excited and watched on, hoping I would witness her first egg. Unfortunately she just gave up and started walking around at which point I noticed she has poo stuck to her bum. I've heard this can happen when they struggle to lay and/or are eggbound. Has this happened to anybody else? Should I do anything or give her some time? She's a beautiful bird, I don't want to neglect her and have her get ill or die.

Did you inspect her vent?

Is her stool too loose?


Edited by aart - 4/15/16 at 4:09pm

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
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