Can Hens Reabsorb Eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by barg, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    After the egg forms, if the hen is dissatisfied with her choices of where to lay the egg, can she reabsorb the egg, or is it unstoppable once armed?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    My suspicion would be to say 'no' because if that was the case, egg bound hens would eventually get over it and just reabsorb the egg.

    I'm guessing that once it is coated with the shell, it's 'go' time and the hen may be able to retain it for a little while until she finds the right spot or feels safe, etc to lay it, but at some point it has to come out or she will have a blockage and eventually die.

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