What is the normal number of eggs in the oviduct?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by brandywine, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. brandywine

    brandywine Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    Western PA
    I kept three Freedom Ranger hens from last year's meat flock. (An experiment I will not repeat.) One died with a grossly enlarged heart this spring, I sent one to the processor with my Cornish this week, and one -- the famous Dale "Supersize" McNugget -- died suddenly last week.

    On necropsy (aka dressing out the bird for the dogs' dinner and looking closely at the innards), I found EIGHT intact egg yolks (and probably a total of nine, since there seemed to be one broken one) inside.

    Is that a normal number of eggs to be queued up? I can't find any information on how many yolks would typically be in the oviduct. I thought I had once read that three would be typical, but can't remember where.

    And I am not sure they were in the oviduct -- they seemed to be loose in the body cavity, but of course it's likely I ruptured the oviduct while dressing her out.

    Perhaps she was an internal layer?

    Anyone have any insight on this

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