New layer dead from double egg-laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by azygous, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    I really am just guessing here, but I think it's possible my new Cream Legbar, just seven months old, has died because she laid two eggs at once.

    Taffy died this week. It was pretty sudden. Two days before, she seemed normal, then I found her moping alone in a far corner of the run with her tail down. Normally she's a bossy, vocal little unit, but she had gone mute.

    She and her sister Snickers had gotten off to a great start laying a few weeks back. One day, I discovered four blue eggs in the nests. I had just three blue egg layers, so someone had laid two blue eggs in a single day. I knew it was one of the Legbars.

    It probably was Taffy who had laid them, and now her body had sent two eggs down the chute, and they got hung up inside her. I can't know for sure, since I disposed of her body without trying to cut into her. I did that once before with another blue egg layer who had also died after having had a previous incident of laying two eggs in a single day. Rachel was an EE and I chopped up her body trying to learn why she had died, and it came to naught.

    I'm just posting this to see if anyone else has had a layer die after having previously laid twice in a single day. I'm wondering how often this happens.

    She came from My Pet Chicken, by the way.
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I have. A white Leghorn. I only had two of them and would occasionally find 3 white eggs instead of two (yes, eggs were collected multiple times a day, no left overs). I found her dead in the nest box, with egg contents leaking out of her back side. I did cut my poor girl open, and found multiple partially formed eggs that were in the process of making their way out.

    Sad stuff. I loved those girls, they were so sweet (the other died from egg binding issues as well). I haven't had WLs since :(
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Thanks for responding. This is really disturbing for me. I love all my girls, and it pains me to think egg laying could be so dangerous for some.
     
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I can imagine! Luckily, I haven't had a problem since those two girls, but I do my best to avoid high production breeds now because of that past experience :/
     

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