Post mortem - What went wrong?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by browneggsandham, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. browneggsandham

    browneggsandham New Egg

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    I was gathering eggs and noticed a chicken in the box, having contractions. I thought I would get to see an egg laid - which I have never seen before. So, I waited and waited. Was starting to get worried, but I have no idea how long it takes for a hen to lay, so I kept an eye on her. Suddenly, she looked up and put her head against her back, then her head fell over. I went into the coop and picked her up. Her eyes were closed and she was limp. I carried her to the house, but she was gone. I have no idea what went wrong! What should I look for? Here are some things I see:
    - some yellowish liquid coming from her vent.
    - vent area feels hard (an egg stuck?)
    - comb is a little on the purple side - not bright red
    - vent is a little red - I don't know what "normal" looks like

    Any ideas? What should I be looking for to make sure I catch the problem early enough to help?

    Sad Novice Chicken Caretaker
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss... Check inside her vent for an egg.

    -Kathy
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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  4. browneggsandham

    browneggsandham New Egg

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    Thank you, Kathy! That is good information. I have been checking the vents of the other hens - everyone looks good. Are there other signs? Something I can do preventatively?
     

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