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My chicken laid an organ!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dreamteas, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. dreamteas

    dreamteas New Egg

    Oct 29, 2008
    Yes that's right my chicken laid an organ! Which organ I don't know. I need to find a way to get the photo off my phone.

    I've seen hens who have had a hard time laying an egg and expelled their organs before but they've always been dead in the lay box.

    One my chickens, which one I don't know, laid an organ and went on her merry way.

    This was over two weeks ago.

    One lady has been looking a little sad, and sleeping outside in the chicken run in a corner. She only did that for a couple nights and she seems right as rain now!

    All hens are eating and pooping.

    I know it's hard to say what is was without a picture but by lookin at photos on the internet I think it was the shell gland and surrounding parts.

    Can anyone shed some light on this?
  2. mhazelwd

    mhazelwd Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 26, 2011
    without a picture that is pretty hard to figure out. I thought you were talking about a musical instument from the thread title. [​IMG] I hope she will be alright. Maybe it was just something wierd she ate.
  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    If you have an iPhone, there is a photobucket app where you can upload pictures from your phone and share on this site.
  4. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    You will need 10 or more posts before you will be able to post a pic (weeding out spammers thing).

    I wonder if she didnt pass an ovary...its happened before. Also could be a larger forgein body encapsulated by the hen and then expelled?
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Could be an ovarian cyst too...
  6. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Mine laid an egg as big as a piano one day, but never laid an organ.

    Hope you can get pics soon!
  7. dreamteas

    dreamteas New Egg

    Oct 29, 2008
    Thanks. I have a sneaky suspicion that this one isn't laying anymore
  8. Thor2

    Thor2 New Egg

    Apr 1, 2013
    We have 10 Red Star hens, about 2 years old. Good layers, averaging about 8 eggs per day.

    Yesterday I noticed what looked like a small human stomach organ in one of the nests. There was no blood or any other fluids, just the organ. It was about the size of a jumbo egg.

    It was obviously expelled by one of the hens, but I don't know which one. They all look healthy.

    I presume this organ is required for laying eggs. I'll report back if I can tell which hen it was, or if one them dies soon.

  9. bHen

    bHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2009
    Westfield, IN
    Maybe it was just a 'fart' egg. I think there is another name for it, but you might search for it and see if any pictures match what you found? Good Luck!
  10. kbug24

    kbug24 New Egg

    May 20, 2016
    Is this what your looked like. This is what i found in one of the chickens nesting boxes this morning. Anyone know what it is?[​IMG]

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