dead hen- egg bound? Help me understand what happened...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TeamChaos, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    My two year old RIR hen, Lucy was out and about this morning, but this evening I found her sitting on a nest while everyone else gobbled up peas... that is NOT like Lucy! I picked her up and it was clear that something was really wrong with her. I brought her down to the house, rinsed her butt and used vaseline to check what was going on back there. I could feel a big egg but there was a membrane around it. She wasn't prolapsed- the egg was not sticking OUT of her body. I tried to move the egg, but I could feel that it was trapped in a membrane of sorts. Unfortunately, Lucy passed away in my arms. I cannot cut into her to see for myself because my daughter has specifically asked me not to, and I can respect that. Please, any insight will be appreciated!
  2. Yes, eggbound. Sometimes the egg goes around a corner in the oviduct and for some reason catches the flesh there. I lost one the same way, I could feel the egg but I was afraid to do too much because I didn't want to hurt her more than she was already hurting. I knew she was going to die and I was trying to race the clock, the clock won. Sorry for your loss.
  3. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    Lacy- thank you so much for your response and for sharing your experience. Man, it sucks. I was racing the clock too and could feel the flesh around the egg and I just knew that if I pulled it out she'd die a much more terrible death. For future knowledge, is there anything to do when an egg "goes around the corner" so to speak? There was no pushing this one back either, I thought maybe I could wiggle it in such a way as to free it but no dice.
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
  5. dkosh

    dkosh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Eastern MA
    She may have been an internal layer. I just had one that I posted pictures of yesterday in this forum. The pictures are graphic but interesting. Sorry for your loss.
  6. chickenwhispererjf

    chickenwhispererjf New Egg

    Dec 6, 2011
    I am sooo sad, my favorite chicken Cluck died this morning, She was fine, running and eating and then I found her behind a tree DEAD. It looked as though her whole rear end had "come out" and was just hanging there. I didn't think she was egg bound but what else could it be? She died within an hour of feeling good and tearing around her chicken run. I am so sad, I can't even think straight, she was only 1 yr old.

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