Trailing Egg Sack - How do I help this chicken?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ElizaChick, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. ElizaChick

    ElizaChick New Egg

    Mar 3, 2017
    Okay, chicken peeps - the omniscient Internet says this could be multiple things going on with one of my girls. Have you had experience with this?
    For the last two weeks, my 1-year old chicken is regularly laying shell-less eggs that have a long, trailing white sac, and she's laying them everywhere (driveway, nesting boxes, roost, etc). The end of the sac is about 1/4" thick and hard like plastic.
    Her bottom is messy & stays messy, despite being cleaned by her mama (me). She and the other girls have unlimited access to oyster shells and 5 acres of Tennessee grazing land.

    How do I help her?





    Last edited: Mar 3, 2017
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2012
    Conway SC

    When you do a post----just above where you are typing is several "boxes" one says Size----the next A---the next B I U the next looks like a light and dark broken chain link----the next is a little square that looks like 2 hills in it-----click on that----then you can up load a pic from "your" pictures you have on your computer. If you are on a Phone----I am Lost!

    Your other problem----Never herd of it. Maybe someone has.
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC.....sorry you're having problems.

    She's got some kind of major reproductive system malfunction.
    Could be genetic or infectious.
    Has she ever laid 'normal' eggs?
    Any of your other birds laying funky eggs?

    What and how exactly are you feeding?
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2017
  4. ElizaChick

    ElizaChick New Egg

    Mar 3, 2017
    Thanks for your response!

    She's laid normal eggs since July, so I don't think it's genetic. She is the largest of 8 hens and the only one with this oddity, though some of the other girls lay eggs with extra calcium bumps on the outside. She's completely alert, happy, and active, except for this messy bottom & egg thing.

    I'm feeding laying pellets in a hanging container that is always filled. The girls have unrestricted access to layer pellets, oyster shells, water, and about 5 acres of pasture. I do occassionally (2x/week) give scraps like pineapple or carrot peels.

    My girls are half-way between merely being farm stock and being pets, so I want to take good care of them, but I'm not willing to pay $45 to take her to the vet's office. Any suggestions besides that?
  5. GottaHatchAPlan

    GottaHatchAPlan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2018
    Brisbane, Australia
    My hen did this today, too! Only inside the sack was a fully formed egg, shell and all. She was oddly withdrawn and hesitant to eat in the morning as well but got better in the afternoon after we coaxed her out of the coop.
    Did you ever find out what was wrong with your girl? What happened?

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