a very sore chicken

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STEVE B

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« on: July 22, 2007, 15:02 »
Hi
I saw one of my chickens walking  around my garden as if it had three babies nappies on. It then layed an egg. Trouble is I think  that the egg had cracked inside. The egg came out without the shell . It now looks like it is in a bit of discomfort.
Is there anyone that can give me advice and help me get her back to her happy normal self

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2007, 18:54 »
Hi there, when I was a child we had all sorts of chicks, ducks and geese.  If I remember rightly a lack of grit in their diet can cause either week shells or problems such as you are having.  I know things have changed in the last millenium, but I hope this is of some help to you. :)
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2007, 18:59 »
I'm afraid this sounds like the start of egg peritonitis to me.  How old is the hen and what breed ?
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2007, 17:22 »
Hello again
               She is about 12 months old and has a regular supply of grit with crushed oyster shell.
Some of the eggs she has laid have been huge. My eyes water just looking at them so I was wondering if that had anything to do with it.
I hope someone can give me some advice.
Gave the vet a ring but the signal is lousy so I cant get through. Trouble is my nearest vet is 30 miles away.
                                     thanks Steve

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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2007, 17:45 »
Update your profile Steve to add your location.  You don't sound as if you live near civilisation !

Has your hen missed laying any eggs recently or layed any soft shelled ones ?

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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2007, 20:33 »
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No ,she averages about 5 eggs per week but none since her problem.
My wife has got to go to the dentist thursday(I have just found out) so I will take her to the vets. I will let you know what the outcome is.

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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2007, 20:42 »
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No ,she averages about 5 eggs per week but none since her problem.

This is what I feared Steve.  I think she has egg peritonitis.  The vet will treat with antibiotics and she may make a good recovery.  Do let us know how she goes, but don't be too optimistic for a long life for her  :(



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