- Jul 13, 2016
Hey all, my 2 year old Barred Rock hen jumped down from a tall planter last week and seemed to hit her belly pretty hard on the edge of a galvanized tub. It sounded pretty loud and she was ruffled up for sure but went on to seem fine. She is a regular layer and usually lays several large eggs a week. Soon after the jump I noticed her standing unusually still for long periods of time then finally squatting and semmingly trying to lay. She abosulutely seemed eggbound and was very uncomfortable. This went on for 2 days. After giving calcium, 20 minute epsom salt baths for 2 days, separating her from the others, I finally noticed some broken shells in the coop. I only have 3 chickens and I know her eggshell color. I changed the bedding that day, so Im sure it was hers from that day. Shes never been an egg eater. And ever since then she seems fine..bright red comb and waddles, running around and jumping up without issues. Yet, no egg since. Its been a week. She has never gone a whole week without laying. Im worried the egg broke inside her last week and may be obstructing the ovuduct. However, she is not behaving as though she is eggbound. She seems absolutely normal. Should I be worried? If the egg broke inside can it make its way out safely? I should also mention that i checked her for an eggbound egg with a glove a week ago and didnt feel an egg present despite the eggbound behavior. Thanks for reading this long post. Any advice appreciated. Betty White is my favorite chicken and Im worried about her!!