Tell me about your internal layers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rooster-red, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Please tell me about your experience with internal layers, even hens that have died and you suspect they were internal layers.

    Please try to include the following:
    Breed

    Age or suspected age


    If they were hatchery or breeder birds if known

    I need to collect as much info as possible, so please feel free to participate, and thank you in advance.
     
  2. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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    I have had one internal layer. She was a White Leghorn. Hatchery bird. About 6 months old when she got sick. She had been laying for about a month. One day an egg broke internally while she was laying. She seemed to get the shell out but stopped laying after that. She lived for about 3 months longer, never laying another egg. She had good days where she got out and scratched and hunted bugs and days she seemed to prefer to just rest in the door of the coop. [​IMG] We never felt we should cull her because she seemed to have a lot more of the good days than the bad, even though she seemed weaker and slower than the other chickens. She finally just went to sleep one night and didn't wake up the next morning.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Silver Laced Wyandotte Passed suddenly 2 yrs and a couple of months old

    Silver Laced Wyandotte Passed away after wasting away for weeks. 2 years 6 months old

    Rhode Island Red Euthanized after same exact symptoms, wasting away in spite of eating constantly....2 years 8 months old

    All the above were hatchery birds, all the same age, all from the same hatchery.

    Did Layman's necropsy on the all three. In the first one, found loose yolk in abdomen. In the last two, found exactly the same thing, egg material built up in tubes, all other internal organs in glowing health. Classic internal laying.
     
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  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Now, I know there are more who've had this problem with their hens than just us. We would love to see some more input here, right Lee?
     
  5. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one hen that is an internal layer. She is a Barred Rock, she is about a year and 2 months old and she was a shipped as a day old.
     
  6. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suspect internal layer, but not exactly sure. (same symptoms)

    Red sexlink. Age unknown, but old.

    I assume hatchery b/c when I got her, her beak was trimmed.
     
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Quote:Absolutely!

    There may be a pattern to this, but without input we may never know.
     
  8. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Hi Rooseter-Red!

    Do you have an internal layer?

    I have one RIR (Rosemary) that just passed away from this.
    I'm not sure if you saw my thread or not. I will transfer it if someone will tell me how to do that.

    She turned one yr old on April 11th, so she was about 1 yr & 4 months old.

    She was a hatchery shipped chick received at one day old.

    Yes, I bet there are more people out there that can contribute info would be helpful.
     
  9. EliteTempleton

    EliteTempleton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry I have no info to add, I came in here to learn a bit about what an internal layer is. I randomly read about health things, hoping that if one of my girls has an issue I will already have an idea of what to do.

    Smitty's Farm :

    Hi Rooseter-Red!

    Do you have an internal layer?

    I have one RIR (Rosemary) that just passed away from this.
    I'm not sure if you saw my thread or not. I will transfer it if someone will tell me how to do that.

    She turned one yr old on April 11th, so she was about 1 yr & 4 months old.

    She was a hatchery shipped chick received at one day old.

    Yes, I bet there are more people out there that can contribute info would be helpful.

    Here is a link to the thread that I believe she is talking about: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=81159
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    This is an old thread, but I'm losing my fourth hen to internal laying and I think a fifth is also doing it. All same age, all going on three years old, all same symptoms, all from the same hatchery. It's hormonal and nothing that can be done except expensive surgery to remove the mass of material and do a hysterectomy. [​IMG]
     

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