chicken laid something strange

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Junibutt, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. Junibutt

    Junibutt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been nursing a chicken inside my home due to frostbite for 4 weeks. She is doing great now except for the fact that she is going to lose her foot.
    First I thought it was a messed up egg (she hasn't laid since the frost bite), then I thought one of my kids has thrown her a bagel but them it started smelling so I took it out and opened up to see something fleshy inside. So what could it be:
    a) some intestinal tumor?
    b) part of the uterus,
    c) some monstrous worm?
    I inspected her vent and it seemed ok to me. So I am left clueless. Except for her foot issue, she has been eating and drinking fine. Today she even had a mini playful fight with me as well so she is otherwise a happy camper.

    For size reference it was altogether about 4 inches long and about 3/4th of an inch in diameter. It got broken into two pieces because Marcy tried to eat a bit of it.

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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    That lump/egg looks like it might be what they call a lash or lash egg, Sometimes they come with an egg, sometimes they are just "laid" alone. They seem to think it is part of the lining of the hens reproductive system, often seems to happen with hens that are internal laying also. Old BYC thread on them and some links with other pics.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/473989/weird-egg-weird-clump-lash-graphic-pics
    http://www.pocketfarm.co.uk/an-egg-of-any-shape/
    http://thehappyhens.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/lash-eggs-thank-goodness-theyre-rare/
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/12/salpingitis-lash-eggs-in-backyard.html
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/134/salpingitis
     
  3. Junibutt

    Junibutt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking at some of those articles, it does look like a lash without any egg materials. I am wondering if she got super-infected when her foot was infected after the frost bite? She had been laying normally all the way till the time of frost-bite. Never any abnormal eggs, in fact she only skipped like 4-5 days altogether during her year and a half stint of laying eggs. Maybe that's what it is, she is exhausted after laying so much and to top it off bed-ridden for 4 weeks now because of the frost-bite on her foot.
     

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