Abnormal egg?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BYF_Novice, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. BYF_Novice

    BYF_Novice New Egg

    Jan 15, 2011
    I've searched to the end of the Internet (I think), and have found nothing like what we are experiencing with one of our girls (a gold sx link).

    Here's the background: Ginger has always been at the bottom of the pecking order, so has always been a bit harried. In late November, she had a rather traumatic day (puppy got a bit fresh with her, and later that afternoon, a hawk stopped by; she didn't seem to have been injured, though one of our girls was killed, and they were all freaked out, hiding hither and yon in piles of leaves), and starting from that day, would NOT go into the coop with the other girls at night. I would have to put her up every night. After a week or 10 days, she started getting into the coop on her own, and I thought that was that. As the weather has gotten colder, though, she's been increasingly pitiful, and earlier this week, I went out in the morning, and she had spent the night out again. It was COLD that night, and I thought she must be half-frozen. I picked her up to put her in the coop (nobody was out of bed yet), and noticed one of her feet looked quite swollen; I thought maybe some cold injury? We brought her inside to see what we could do with her, and I searched about on the Internet (including multiple posts here), and thought perhaps bumblefoot was the answer, except no sign of the signature scab. We've done several days of saline soaks, and the swelling has gone down all but completely--so I think perhaps NOT bumblefoot, maybe back to my original thought of some sort of frost-nip.

    Meanwhile, since she's been inside, in a crate, she has started to produce the most peculiar eggs(??). (Or, better to say: I've been able to observe these oddities; she may have been producing them previously, and, I hesitate to suggest, she or the other girls may have been eating them.) I don't know what they could be but abnormal eggs, but they are SO abnormal. Roughly egg-shaped, but varying in size, and SOLID through and through. As if made of flesh. Similar in appearance and consistency to cooked chicken flesh. When I've dissected these peculiarities, they do seem to have an outer layer, analogous to a shell, but soft. Just a slightly different color than the rest of the flesh egg.

    (Oh, note: Our girls have produced soft-shelled/shell-less eggs, so I know what these look like, and what Ginger is manufacturing is NOT the same).

    Has anyone ever seen such a thing as this flesh egg???? Or any other ideas what this might be????

    Thanks for any help!
    Backyard Flock Novice
  2. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    I have no idea, but I am so curious!!!!!![​IMG]
  3. ccoomber

    ccoomber Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2009
    Redhill, UK
    Hi there, the strange egg thing sounds like a LASH to me, check out this thread:


    Here is extract:

    ''It's what's known as a "lash". It's when part of the reproductive system sort of sloughs away. It's not rare, but doesn't often happen, usually in older chickens or ex-batts. There's no treatment needed apart from the usual system boosters like Poultry Spice. I had it happen to 3 of my girls last year, and although (I don't think) they laid any more eggs, they continued to have a happy life. They are a bit gross aren't they - stink too ''

    there's picture near the end and various descriptions. Hope this helps! xx
  4. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    I've seen a couple of these last year in my flock...you're right, looks like flesh. I just chocked it up to working out the kinks. And when those plop out the girls do indeed gobble them up [​IMG] It just sounds like her system may have went into shock and now that she is in a warmer area, her body is just trying to readjust and work out the kinks. Try giving her some oyster shell too-that'll help with getting a nice solid shell going.

    Good luck with her!
  5. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    wow...chickens are weird
  6. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    So basicly it's one of the chickens ovaries.
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I am sorry, I tried to get this post over here and don't know how, but if you'll google search up above on right hand side: Emergency help please- update on prolapsed vent. ithink this is what you just delt with.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2011
  8. BYF_Novice

    BYF_Novice New Egg

    Jan 15, 2011
    Thanks so much, everyone!

    ccoomber, super-helpful: the thread you sent describes exactly what we've seen; I think this is definitely lash (or, does one say, a lash?). Several of our girls we've had from baby chicks, but Ginger we got as an adult, so she may be older than we were told and/or in the ex-batt type category.

    In any case, I am relieved to know this is not something never before seen in the history of chickens--and yet I concur with maizey and chicks4kids: weird and ICK!!! [​IMG]

    Thanks again!!

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