Hen seems to be struggling to lay first egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kmack, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. Kmack

    Kmack Out Of The Brooder

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    My Austrolorp, Annie, seems to be struggling. I have been waiting for her to lay her first egg as she's around 8 months old now and has yet to lay. Today as I was sitting and having a coffee I notice her squatting and making little strained clucks. I got all excited and watched on, hoping I would witness her first egg. Unfortunately she just gave up and started walking around at which point I noticed she has poo stuck to her bum. I've heard this can happen when they struggle to lay and/or are eggbound. Has this happened to anybody else? Should I do anything or give her some time? She's a beautiful bird, I don't want to neglect her and have her get ill or die.
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is the hen doing?
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    My Coop
    Did you inspect her vent?
    Is her stool too loose?
     
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