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My hen literally pooped an egg- Please help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickenunsernam, Feb 26, 2018.

  1. Chickenunsernam

    Chickenunsernam Chirping

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    Hi everyone:

    I have an 11 year old hen, part leghorn, who in her day laid a many eggs. In her old age she stopped laying egg which I understand.

    However, she recently (like two days ago) starting laying eggs again, going in the nest box. The first egg was long and thin and oddly shaped. The second had a shell that was paper thin and popped when she laid it.

    I'm really worried especially because just a whilee ago she literally pooped an egg. That is the egg had no shell and there was poop with clear liquid and liquid yolk too. She also kept tasting something in her mouth and then vomited on me (Ew...but I'm mostly worried). :barnieWhat does this mean for my hen? What should I do? She's never been one to get sick (like ever). :th
     
  2. GldnValleyHens

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    Oh my. Never heard of that, but know that old hens usually have lots of egg related problems. If you spare expense for the vet, I doubt there is much they can do with her being so old. 10 years is the life span for hens who don't get eaten by many things. If it were me, I would make sure she was as comfortable and happy as possible until she eventually passes.
     
  3. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Look up EYP, that's egg yolk peritonitis... that can happen when an egg breaks inside a hen... also a possibility when the egg is shell-less and membrane ruptures... check her for abdominal swelling...

    @casportpony am I on track here?
     
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  4. Chickassan

    Chickassan Crossing the Road

    She's very old. Just keep her bottom clean, give her whatever tickles her fancy to eat and let her enjoy her golden years. If the barfing was just once its probably nothing to worry about. The start up of her egg laying may suggest she's coming to the end though as it isn't unheard of for very old hens to try to pass on genetics before its too late. :)
     
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  5. casportpony

    casportpony Go Team Tube Feeding! Premium Member Project Manager 6 Years

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    Yeah, sounds like it could be EYP. Also might want to give her some calcium gluconate or calcium citrate.
     
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  6. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Thanks, Kathy! I worry about egg byproducts running around willy-nilly inside a bird, way too easy for bacterial infection to happen... :hmm

    X2 on the calcium, calcium citrate absorbs quickest and best, ime...
     
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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Go Team Tube Feeding! Premium Member Project Manager 6 Years

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    If she were my hen I would start her on some antibiotics, but they are so hard to get now, I think one is better off consulting with a vet.
     
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  8. Chickenunsernam

    Chickenunsernam Chirping

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  9. Chickenunsernam

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    thanks for the replies! A question though- what if I cant get calcium for her? Is there something I could feed her to help inprove her calcium intake? I worry I wont be able to find what I need tomorrow for her.
     
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  10. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    If she is swollen, I would try and get her to a vet or at least try and get her on an antibiotic...
     

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