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Internal Laying?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ctyfrmr, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. ctyfrmr

    ctyfrmr In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2010
    I found one of my hens dead on the floor this morning. They all seemed fine yesterday. I opened her up and found 5 egg yolks about 3/4" in dia in by her liver and gizzard. Is this normal or is this what is called internal laying?

  2. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    Quote:Gosh, that's terrible. So sorry to hear it. I don't know the answer to your question, but I'm hoping someone on here will.
  3. DaniLovesChickens

    DaniLovesChickens Songster

    Jul 18, 2010
    So sorry to hear that![​IMG]

    How great that you were able to cut her open to see what was going on though. Not easy I'm sure, but necessary.

    Yes, that sounds like internal laying. From my understanding, it can happen occasionally and the hen's body will absorb the egg. If the problem persists in the hen then they can die as yours did. I will try to find the article tonite or tomorrow. It was either in Backyard Poultry or Hobby Farms.

    I won't say anything else about it until I look it up!![​IMG]
  4. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Songster

    Aug 15, 2010
    West Michigan
    If you do a BYC search here for "ISA Brown" you'll find a lengthy post with pictures from someone with 3 chickens who died of internal laying. Apparently it's not uncommon with production breed hens [​IMG] It was a sad story. Not much you can do to prevent it or keep the condition from continuing once you figure out that's what going on, either.
  5. chickenstar

    chickenstar Chirping

    May 8, 2014
    Hi actually there IS something you can do! Get a desorelin hormone implant put in your hen,very simple procedure,vet will put it under the skin like a microchip for a dog,total cost is 170 dollars and it should last 6 months ,but get my hen done sooner at 5 months just to be safe. This implant will stop the hen from ovulating and producing anymore eggs,thus saving her life and giving her a second chance!,also she dosent have to go through the pain and misery that is a result of internal laying as many people try to help there hen at home buy draining there abdomens and giving antibiotics,which is very painfull to the hens and honestly a cruel thing to do. It much better to get the proper procedure done as this is the only way to keep a hen alive after finding out she has become an internal layer. My girl was diagnosed 2 years ago and is living a excellent happy life as a result of the implant,ask your vet

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