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Can a disease stop a hen from laying forever

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ButchGood, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. ButchGood

    ButchGood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a flock of Astralorps and Buff Orps. All young hens laying heavily. One Astralorp got sick. Green runny poo, tired, laying down all the time and would barley eat. I isolated her immediately. She got through it and is a very healthy part of the flock. But I haven't seen her lay an egg since she got this disease. Its been at least 3 months. Can disease totally sterilize a hen making her unable to lay eggs?
     
  2. Maybe the disease had something to do with her egg track?
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Infectious bronchitis (IB) can cause a decrease or even stop egg production in hens that recover. Do you think she could be in molt? Being ill could have started a molt although most of my 18 month old chickens are molting now any way.
     

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