Broken egg inside hen


11 Years
Jul 30, 2008
I think I made a mistake.

I have a black jap hen that is approx. 6 months old.

Yesterday she sat on the nest all day. She showed no sign of being broody. Late in the afternoon I removed her and could see the tip of the egg in her vent so I placed her back on the nest.

She was still in the nest when I went to lock up 7 last night. I felt and could feel the egg just inside her vent and it felt huge! I put her back on the nest and she was still there this morning and she still had not laid the egg it was still just inside the vent. By the way I think this is her first egg.
So, I thought I would help. I tried to work the egg out by pressing on the back of the egg from the outside and tried to force it out as gently as I could. Then suddenly I felt the egg break.
I think this egg was just too big for her to pass.
Is there anything I should do or just hope for the best?

Smitty's Farm

12 Years
Aug 24, 2007
St Clair County, Il
Oh poor baby!!!! Sounds like she was trying to lay a big one and was egg bound.

I would bring her inside and give her a warm sitz bath to releive the stress to relax her to help her pass the broken egg. If that doesn't help you can proceed w/ putting KY or vasaline in her vent to help her pass it. Just put it around the edge of her vent. Time is an essence so she won't become septic.

I would keep her inside in a nice dark quiet place until she has passed the egg and feeling better.

She may need a round of antibodics to be on the safe side.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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