Just curious...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicknmania, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    If anyone else has experienced this. We have had three hens die while either on the nest, or shortly after laying an egg. This has happened over the past couple of years, not all at once. Yesterday I found one of our hens lying beside the nest, so far gone I didn't feel there was much I could do for her, except make her as comfortable as possible, which I did. She died a very short time later. In her nest was a clutch of six eggs; not all from her, but one was very warm...I[m guessing she'd just laid it. This also happened with one of our hens last summer; she died on the nest on a very hot day, so we thought maybe heat was a contributor in her case. The third hen we also found very sick beside the nest last year; she died shortly after. All three hens were predominently Golden Comet. Probably only a chicken can tell you how difficult it is to lay an egg, but is there something that could rupture during the egg laying process that could kill them that quickly? Just trying to figure this out (and no, I'm not getting a necropsy this time! Our State charges $40.00 and up for each one) We've had some health problems in our flock this past winter, but have been monitoring them closely since, and this one seemed very healthy; no symptoms at all that we saw.
  2. Chickanmanfromarkansas

    Chickanmanfromarkansas Songster

    Jan 18, 2010
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2011
  3. mdbokc

    mdbokc Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    I make sure mine get a good dose of olive oil a couple of times a week. I soak some bread with the good stuff, a high quality olive oil. They eat it right up. I had read that olive oil helps keeping those functions working smoothly. Knock on wood, I have not lost any due to egg laying problems. I am sure my time is coming but so far, so good, after a few years.
  4. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    Wow! This is an old post!

    But for posterity's sake....i have had a couple that went that way, and one of them i opened up to see what i could see. Her insides were full of egg yolk. I assumed that it was an egg-laying matter. And since it seems to happen so quickly, there's really nothing to be done for it. Mine were Buff Orpingtons, so i don't know if it has much to do with the breed.
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    My beautiful GPCochin X LBLeghorn hen that laid beautiful cream colored eggs laid an egg on a September day when it was 116 outside the coop and died just a few minutes later on the floor under the AC unit.

    That's the only one it's happened to in my flocks.

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