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chicken laying 'flatpacked' eggs! help!

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ouchitreallyhurts Fri 29-May-09 17:03:15

One of my black rocks has recently stopped laying and I just put it down to molting or weather or just needing a rest. the sussex is still laying for britain bless her.

2 days ago, black rock was attacked by a dog that got into out garden angry and although she wasn't injured as such (more that a few feathers were pulled out and the poor thing was shocked) it was still quite horrible

day after this I found her in the nest box and lifted her up to check all was ok, under her was a completely flat shell with yolk on it. now wondering if the shock of the attack has sent her egg production up the creek or if she might be calcium deficient and has been laying flat pack eggs all along but I've not noticed when cleaning out the hay.

she's on grit/oyster shell and layers pellets but any ideas w2ould be gratefully appreciated!

paranoidmother Fri 29-May-09 22:44:46

shock and might be egg bound!!

Keep an eye on her, there isn't much more you can do. Also you may need to be prepared for the worst as delayed shock might make her worse.

Your vet or local farm selling eggs might be able to help if no-one here has the answer. Good luck and I hope it all sorts itself out for her

meltedmarsbars Fri 29-May-09 22:52:15

If egg bound, you need to steam her vent over a jug of hot water for 5 mins then syringe a few mmls olive oil up her vent.

Yes, I have done this! grin

It also helps to bake egg-shells, crush them and feed them back to the hens.

ouchitreallyhurts Sat 30-May-09 12:40:14

Thank you for your replies

this morning she laid a (huge) egg! she seems really happy in herself and has been pecking at the catflap as per normal for her morning snack.

meltedmarsbars Sat 30-May-09 22:10:23

Glad all is well.

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