Hi. We've had our chickens for almost a year and no issues at all. They are a little over 1 year old and laying fine until the last 2 days. In the last 2 days my leghorn has laid 2 eggs under the roost (while roosting?? odd) that were both broken and both appeared to have soft shells. There was a bunch of other wetness around the area that I assume is the rest of the egg. I've researched lash eggs and they don't look anything like what I saw. The picture here isn't mine but one I found online that looks similar to what I found except the yolk was not as intact.
I wouldn't be as concerned about it except today I didn't see her w/ the rest of the chickens so I went looking for her (they free range). It's not completely abnormal for her to go off on her own a bit, but she never leaves them for long. I found her down in the barn in the nesting box. (I found her doing this a couple of days ago also and there were already 3 eggs in the box -- we have 3 hens. I know she's not broody b/c leghorns tend not to be.)
Anyway, my dog came in the barn and she got out of the nesting box. I picked her up and she didn't fuss much which in itself is kind of odd. I checked her vent and she had some goo on her feathers that I assume is the left over from the messy egg she laid. Cleaned that up a bit. I brought her up to the other chickens and I've been watching her. She's very thirsty. I threw out some hulled sunflower seeds and she didn't care. This is odd because she's a pig generally. I have several watering areas for them around the property. One area by our deck she just stood there drinking and then would close her eyes like she's taking a nap and then drink more. The other chickens were napping under a tree. She didn't want to be with them.
There really haven't been any changes lately. The ONLY new thing is I have 7, 5 week old chicks that have been out in a tractor on sunny days. They just met the adult chickens the other day. Our leghorn was quite nasty with one of them pecking it even behind chicken wire. I was going to put the chicks in the coop this week. That is the only change lately. Could she be stressed? They aren't out there every day.
I'm concerned for her. And I'm concerned about hawks b/c she's white and stands out like a sore thumb and isn't staying w/ the others. Any suggestions of what I should do? Thank you!