Hen passed what appears to be a large piece of dried up yolk?

Cowgirl71

Songster
9 Years
Feb 5, 2010
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I have a hen that I recently figured out must have been eggbound for about a month+. Today, I found a piece about 1" x 3" of hard leathery dried up yolk, with a little bit of manure coating it. When I opened it up, there was pink tissue inside. I ASSUME it's from this certain hen, but am not sure. I'm guessing this is an advanced case of eggbound, and she should be put down. But I wanted to check first. The hen (a BR) waddles around, often with her tail feathers dragging the ground. Her lower abdomen is very swollen. I gently felt all over it and felt nothing shaped like an egg. What should I do???
 

The Sheriff

Crowing
10 Years
Jun 17, 2009
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Northern CA
My hen was an internal layer. We took her to the vet for treatment and she was put on antibiotics and anti inflammatories. Shortly after beginning treatment she passed two rubbery objects that were determined to be the old yolks that deposited themselves in her abdominal cavity by mistake. The swelling and hardness in her abdomen never went away and she never recovered. We let her return to the flock after weeks of being housebound and one day we think she was killed by a hawk. I do not believe she was ever going to recover and may have actually passed away before something inflicted the wound on her neck. I wish you the best with your hen. Internal laying, if that is what she has is horrible and from what I know it can reoccur even if they get better.

I have a picture but it is gross so I will post it where you have to scroll down to see it. My vet said she had never seen anything like this before where old yolks were expelled. This is proof it can happen. Scroll down for the picture.
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Cowgirl71

Songster
9 Years
Feb 5, 2010
3,176
73
221
Missouri Ozarks
Thank you! I'll go research "internal laying." It sounds nasty, probably eventually fatal. But I'll go look it up, and see what I find...
 

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