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New Layer Weird

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickadee2, May 6, 2009.

  1. chickadee2

    chickadee2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Our 6 month Brown Leghorn laid 3 or 4 eggs and then quit. She goes into the nest box every day for a long time and then comes out . One day she cackled so much that I was sure she would have an egg. But no. It has been 5 days since she was laying. She looks OK, however. Any ideas?[​IMG]
     
  2. Jennie5193

    Jennie5193 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just read a thread about a broody hen dying possibly due to being egg bound...

    She's probably just broody! I've heard of Leghorns going broody - weirder things have happend! [​IMG]
     
  3. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hmmmm.... I don't know. I would be more inclined to think it was just a hitch in her giddyup than any real problem. Those hormones just getting themselves worked out, you know?

    I would suspect egg bound before broody though, especially with a high production breed like a Leghorn. They have a tendency towards being egg bound...

    Good luck with her!!
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Feel low across her abdomen for an egg. My Lil' Bit went months between her first two eggs and her next, but it bears watching to make sure your girl is okay.
     
  5. chickadee2

    chickadee2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there anything anyone can do to prevent a hen from getting egg bound? What would I do if I feel an egg low on her abdomen?
    Thanks for the responses to Flopsy's lack of eggs.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I don't know that there is anything you can do to prevent egg bound, except that I've read overweight hens and hens that start to lay very young are more prone to it.
    If you do feel an egg, do a search here on BYC, keywords "egg bound" and you'll find lots of threads on how to treat.
    Good luck to you!
     

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