What does "egg bound" and "internal laying" mean?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by M To The Maxx, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    What does "egg bound" and "internal laying" mean?
     
  2. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Eggbound means the egg gets stuck coming out. Internal layer means that the yolks are deposited into the abdomen. They build up and get hard until the hen passes away. I have processed hens that were internal layers and the yolks actually look like flat omelets compacted around all of the organs. :-(
     
  3. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    egg bound is when the peristalsis (smooth muscle motion) in the oviduct can't move the egg out the vent for any number of reasons. internal laying is when the yolk is produced, but doesn't find it's way into the oviduct, instead gets deposited into the abdominal cavity.

    ETA -- yup, what she said.
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2009
  4. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    Quote:Thanks for all the info. [​IMG] Sorry about your hens though. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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