help the Martha hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kinnip, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    One of my Delawares, Martha, is having some ejection issues. Thursday she laid a really weird egg. It was badly misshapen and I assumed she hadn't been eating her oyster shell. Yesterday she didn't lay at all. She did eat oyster shell. I just went outside to find her waddling around the run and seriously straining to push this ugly devil out: [​IMG] No one else is having difficulties. There are no symptoms of illness. I think she just really wants to be egg bound. Is there anything I can do to nip this in the bud?
  2. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    That is a weird one. I don't know whats causing it, though![​IMG]
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    How long has she been laying?
    Could she be starting to moult?
    When Obelisk is getting ready to moult, she has strange shaped eggs and ones without shells.
  4. How old is she? How long has she been laying?
  5. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    It's possible that she's had infectious bronchitis at some point. The IB virus affects many tissues of the body and can permanently damage the reproductive tract, resulting in misshapen eggs.
  6. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    I don't think it's IB. She only started laying a week and a half ago. I'm hoping it's not a molt. She doesn't look to be missing any feathers, but she is a bit ruffled. They have a 15w red bulb burning in the coop. I kinda hoped that would stave off the molt, but I may be disappointed. Grrrr, I just started getting eggs and now I have to wait again. [​IMG]

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