Dead hen in nesting box

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nan1968, May 26, 2010.

  1. nan1968

    nan1968 Hatching

    Jun 25, 2009
    I came home from work today and one of my hens had died. She was a year old and I found her in the nesting box. I looked at her hiney and it was red and looked bloody. I have seen a few softshelled eggs busted at the bottom of the coop. She was fine and healthy day before. What can this be. My chickens are freerange and I don't treat them with anything. They go out in the morning and in at night. They have always been very healthy. I checked everyones hineys tonight when they went in. I don't know who the soft shelled egg came from if I should give them an antibiotic. They wont eat the laying pellets and have not been eating the oyster shells. Could she have died from having a soft shelled egg?
  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    She may have been an internal layer and that's usually a fatal condition. I'm sorry you lost one! [​IMG]
  3. chickenray

    chickenray In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2010
    No ideas but VERY sorry to hear about this.

    We did have one of our girls lay a soft egg but that was only once and no other problems. We feed layers mash if that helps...

    Again very sorry for your loss!
  4. Peppermint

    Peppermint Songster


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