I have, had that is, two seven-month old Cream Legbar pullets and one ten-month old CLB cockerel. I just had one pullet die this past week, and the other one came down sick last night.
I fear these pullets have egg laying issues. I'm wondering if the breed has genetic flaws that cause too many eggs to be released within a 25 hour period, resulting in backed up eggs and infection.
Both of these pullets have laid two eggs within that 25 hour window. I noticed the surviving pullet was acting ill last night and I gave her a dose of antibiotics and placed her on a roost in the coop where she usually sleeps. Sometime during the night or maybe at roosting time, she slipped out and ended up in a nest box in the coop where she prefers to lay her eggs.
That's where I found her before dawn this morning. She had passed a soft-shelled egg and it was smashed into the nesting material. Her previous egg had been laid yesterday morning, less than 25 hours previously. The Legbar who died had also laid two eggs withing a 25 hour period in the last several weeks before she died.
I love these gorgeous chickens, and I just hope I don't lose my remaining pullet, too. The cockerel seems fine.
I'll be grateful for any comments or observations.