Dead hen in nesting box

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

  1. nan1968

    nan1968 New Egg

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

    chickenray Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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