egg binding?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by esdad, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. esdad

    esdad New Egg

    Jan 10, 2013
    I've been keeping chickens for a couple of years and have successfuly dealt with this problem in the past. One of my chickens passed away today and upon finding her it felt like she had a baseball stuck in her. I did an at home necropsy and found a normal size egg covered by a hard rubbery stuff that looked similar to fat. This was at least a 1/4" thick and it was impacted to the uterine wall. Any ideas to what happened?
    Thanks in adbance.
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    That would be commonly called internal laying. It's much more common with high-output hens such as production-type birds, or hatchery rhode island reds, barred rocks, etc. - those bred for high numbers of eggs.

    What typically will happen is the egg will eventually break, and the insides will cause infection - the hen ends up dying from infection. I'm sorry for you loss, and glad you did a necropsy. It's always a good thing to try to learn from these situations as you did. Not that you could have done anything differently, though, to prevent it.

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