1. smallfarmer

    smallfarmer New Egg

    Feb 10, 2009
    This morning my favorite hen came out of the coop with no energy....she walked past the food and is keeping to herself away from the other chickens. When I picked her up and looked at her vent she had something white hanging from it. I pulled it off and I think it is a soft, malformed egg. Two weeks ago my daughter found one of my hens dead. She told me that when she had let my flock out earlier one of the hens was acting strange....wobbly and disoriented. I can only guess it was the hen she found later. Since I was out of town I hadnt' seen it and I'm guessing this chicken has the same problem....
    I appreciate any help you can give me
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2009
  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Sounds like a soft shell problem. Are they getting extra calcium such as oyster shell or their own shells fed back to them?

    Do a search for soft shelled or shellless eggs. Check out the threads on internal layers also, then determine from your hen's actions and the post description.

    Speckledhen had some issues with internal layers this past year...she is a good one to search for as "author" of the posts...she provided tons of information and pictures as well.
  3. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    In the meantime, I'd bring her inside and get her warm - heating pad on low under 1/2 her space would be good. Hope someone can help with a diagnosis. Good luck.

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