Really worried

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by valkgal, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. valkgal

    valkgal Chirping

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    Earlier today, my Mimi layed her first egg. Celebration! Then sister, Royal, decided to follow suit. Unfortunately, I think I interrupted the process. I opened the nesting box, and saw Royal with an egg half out. I quickly closed it, locked it, and went back later to investigate. No egg anywhere, and Royal walking around, quieter than usual, eating. The coop and winter run are tiny, so I scoured evrywhere, and no egg.

    I'm worried about egg binding. When should I be concerned? What can I do?
     
  2. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Songster

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    She is not egg bound,I don't think.Try feeling her tummy.

    Symptoms of egg bound:
    Walking like a penguin
    Pale drowny combs
    Calmer , then usual

    She could have ate it....

    P.s,disinterested in water or food
     
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  3. valkgal

    valkgal Chirping

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    Oh no, I hope not. She really didn't have enough time to eat it, I don't think. I only left them for about 10-15 minutes! Oh, I hope she didn't :(
     
  4. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Songster

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    Five minutes os enough time to do it.Ot can't hurt her.She lays it,them she ate it...
     
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

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    You interrupted her and she stopped laying likely...it may have gone back inside...or it is laid somewhere where you haven't found it.

    Just watch her. She will likely lay it later on if she didn't today. New layers can be easy to startle.

    Egg binding is possible...but not likely yet.

    It is possible she ate it, but they tend to leave egg shell bits when they do.

    Don't panic. Just watch, and try not to disturb your hens when they are laying.

    LofMc
     
  6. valkgal

    valkgal Chirping

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    That's exactly what happened. I must have startled her. Earlier today, she disappeared again. About half and hour later, she reappeared. I checked, and yep, she had layed an egg. I feel so much better!

    Other than that, no other eggs today, but I think it will be a while until I start getting eggs daily, right? I have 5 girls, and only 3 are starting to lay.

    Thank you ALL for helping me feel better.
     
  7. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    Yes, it may take some time for new layers to sort things out.
     

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