Soft shell, membrane only then shell less eggs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chips, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. chips

    chips Hatching

    Mar 31, 2013
    Hi there,
    Have got a problem with one of my. 10 month old light Sussex bantams.

    On the first day we noticed something we got a fully formed Soft shelled egg on the grass.
    On the second day we got what seemed to be just a membrane egg also on the grass. Today it's gone a step worse and it's completely shell less but in a nesting box.

    In the mornings she had been fine, happy and normal. After laying the egg and for the rest of the day she seems like she's going to die, tail down barely moving little if any chase and closing her eyes. Each night I have thought to myself she might not make it through the night.

    She is top if the pecking order, been laying for about 3 months. She's on a layer pellet and my other two are fine. This particular chicken has always had nice strong shells.

    At first when I saw her I suspected she was egg bound, couldn't feel anything but gave her a long warm bath- but nothing.

    Her vent is ver clear .

    Any ideas ?
    If she was egg bound could she continue to lay like she had ?
    She's certainly suffering after laying and if she stayed like that overnight if be putting her out of her misery but each morning she seems fine...
    The thing that keeps popping up in google is the infection due to yolk matter internally the is usually fatal. But since she is ok in the mornings I'm wondering if that makes that diagnoses less likely ?


  2. WaterfowlWierdo

    WaterfowlWierdo Songster

    Mar 15, 2013
    Rathdrum, Idaho
    She could have an infection, whether its fatal or not I have no clue
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Try increasing her protein and calcium intake for about a week and see if there's improvement.
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  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    These shell less eggs can cause serious health problems for her in the long run. It sounds like she's already having difficulties with them, poor thing. Shell less eggs are often caused by nutritional deficiencies, but certain diseases, such as Newcastle disease, an infestation of internal or external parasites, stress and even weather extremes can also cause this. There is a list of causes in more detail here (scroll down to #10 for shell less eggs):

    Best of luck with her!

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