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Internally Laying?? UPDATE: Death by Rubber Egg ***Graphic Pics***

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bleenie, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I noticed today that one of my Hens was acting lethargic and I hadn't seen her come down from the roost. I left her be for a while but when i gave the birds their treat she finally came out but was very slow moving and tired-acting. not really pale or anything but just wasn't acting active, like normal. I looked her over and i couldn't find any wounds but her belly did feed "full" and soft. When i was feeling around and lightly pressing to feel for an egg, some slimy dark yellow with white poo just kind of fell out of her behind.

    She will be 1yr old on March 3rd
    Buff Wyandotte
    has been eating Nutrena "All Flock" fermented feed with access to free ranging.


    internal laying is my only guess but i have never dealt with it before. I would GREATLY appreciate some help, she's one of my favorite girls.
     
  2. jekim

    jekim New Egg

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    Hi, Bleenie. I have the same problem with one of my hens which is approximately 18 months old. I have had one die with the same thing. This time I have put some " potassium permanganate " in her drinking water to kill any bacteria she may have, and she is doing well so far. I only put a few crystals in one litre of water, and as soon as I saw her drink I removed the water. Before she got sick, her eggs had very thin shells Now it seems as though she is not making shell at all.
    If you get any info please let me know.
    Regards Mike (New Zealand)

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  3. tbourdon

    tbourdon Out Of The Brooder

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    hope this helps.

    I have a 6 month old bantam faverolles that is a house chicken. I can tell when somethings up with her because I live with her :) SO for the past month or so she's been gavin soft shelled eggs. Weird, so we upped her calcium. Still no luck. Yesterday she was making noises like she needed to lay and egg but never did. Started getting mopey, not eating/drinking, fluffed feathers, sulking head her vent was doing the same puckering like fish lips when a fish is out of water, her eyes were just not responsive to me... like she was looking straight through me. I immediately started researching and came up with egg bound or egg peritonitis.. As far as I felt there was no inflammation or any lumps. Finally she laid a shell less egg, but was still not right. Her poops were runny and had yellow, like the chalky yellow color of a cooked egg yolk. This matched up with egg peritonitis symptoms... maybe an egg had popped and she was pooping yolk. I decided things couldn't wait. Took her to the vet, they ran a culture test and said she has a raging infection at her egg tube opening which causes it to malfunction and not shell eggs. The vet also said that many people misdiagnose this as egg peritonitis or being egg bound. Beep got a big shot of antibiotics and was better last night. If you have an avian vet, I would go. If not, antibiotics could't hurt. I hope this helps! Crazy out of all the hours of internet research i did, nothing was the same answer as the vet gave me. I hope your girls get better.

     
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  4. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Thank you tbourdon, I was wondering about infection too. Like I said, I couldn't feel anything in there but she's obviously not feeling well and didn't lay today. I have some tylan on hand so i might try that and see how she's doing after a few days.

    My vet refuses to see chickens and i can't afford to pay a specialist vet.
     
  5. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I gave her a calcium pill today, broke down and mixed with water.

    I checked on her tonight to give her another injection. She wasn't looking good and when i felt her tummy i was pretty sure i fely an egg, so I brought her inside. She was in a nest box most of the day and i didnt see any poo when i took her out but after we got in the house i sat her on a towel and she poo'ed, a big slimy mess with tons of the white chalky stuff(maybe from the calcium). it was yellow tinted but im not sure if it was yolky or possibly from infection?

    She's in a crate in the living room with a blanket over it. it's pretty warm in here so maybe she can relax a little more and get it out if there is one in there.
     
  7. tbourdon

    tbourdon Out Of The Brooder

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    I thought the chalky yellow poo from mine was yolk, but the vet told me it was actually bile ...from not eating much.
     
  8. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I wanted to give an update.

    My girl passed away this afternoon. So knowing it was something in her belly, in an attempt to figure out what caused her death I decided to open her up. Once I got her open I could see almost immediately a large purple-ish mass. I cut the tissue and found an Enormous, hideous rubbery blob. I removed the large part and then shortly after I found the soft egg shell all squished together. There seemed to be more in there but I didn't feel like digging deeper.

    So it seems an enormous rubber egg is what caused her 'blockage' and death. I did get pictures for anyone interested. Sorry i didn't have any of the inside, yolky part but it basically looked hard boiled. Was 100% the most disturbing thing I have ever seen... and smelled.

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  9. tbourdon

    tbourdon Out Of The Brooder

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    I am so so sorry for your loss. That is the strangest thing I've ever seen! Poor poooor hen. Also glad to know that I'm not the only one that has cut into a dead chicken to find out what was wrong, but it sure is sad when you DO find what was wrong.... It makes it a lot more emotional for me anyway. Thanks for sharing your story and pics. I sure hope you have a better day and a good weekend.
     
  10. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Thank you so very much. My sister was here yesterday when I had to do it and she doesn't understand how hard it is to do something like that. You do it for the safety of the rest of your flock and to set your mind at ease but when you find something like that and then realize how much your pet had to suffer it's just heartbreaking.
     

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