Soft, broken eggshell


In the Brooder
Jul 9, 2021
My cream leg bar/leghorn, Baby, has not been herself lately. She’s been less interested in scratch, isolates herself more than usual and stopped laying about 5 weeks ago. She normally lays massive blue eggs, often with a double yolk. She went into the nesting box today for about an hour, but didn’t lay an egg.

Today, I noticed she’d been having diarrhea. So, I gave her a bath, cleaned up her vent area and in doing so, I found the tip of this soft, torn eggshell peeking out of her vent. I gently pulled it out of her. With it, came some clear liquid. Her vent looked relatively good—not infected or irritated. This soft shell has little flecks of blood on it.

Any suggestions for treatment or dietary supplements? She has access to clean water, oyster shell and she’s eating a whole grain grower feed.


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Chicken Juggler!
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10 Years
Nov 27, 2012
SW Michigan
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she’s eating a whole grain grower feed.
What exactly is this.... brand/model/protein and calcium percentage?

How old is she, in weeks or months, and how long has she been laying?

I'd be tempted to isolate for observation.
Isolate bird in a wire cage within the coop for a day or I can closely monitor:
-their intake of food and water,
-crop function(checking at night and in morning before providing more feed),
-and their poops.
Feel their abdomen, from below vent to between legs, for squishy or hard swelling.
Check for external parasites or any other abnormalities.

Best to put crate right in coop or run so bird is still 'with' the flock.
I like to use a fold-able wire dog crate (24"L x 18"W x 21"H) with smaller mesh(1x2) on bottom of crate under tray.
Then you can put tray underneath crate to better observe droppings without it being stepped in. If smaller mesh is carefully installed, tray can still be used inside crate.

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