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Help for Meg please. Egg bound ?
Meg is a 77wk old columbian blacktail. One of 2 hens I have.
Once laying, she missed here and there and unlike Ruby, her eggs were of inconsistent quality..gritty, thin shells, patchy in colour.
Both regularly wormed with flubenvet..last time was 4wks ago.
Fed on layers with a handful of corn late afternoon, and treats of hentastic peck block, or bits of fruit and veg. Access to grit and oyster shell all the time.
Home is a 30' part covered run with 3 "rooms" offering a variety of ground, places to explore/hide in etc. They also free range when Im home.
Problem started about 6 wks ago. Meg started laying softies.. and more intermittent than ever. Over the last two wks, she's been missing, then laying a shelled egg which has pushed the softy out, all dry/cooked on. Shes also stopped laying in the nest, preferring the night pooh tray or the ground. (Ruby lays in the nest, big thick shelled eggs regularly)
Yesterday she started sitting in the nest and my first thought was broody ? She was calm though and made no protest when i lifted her out.
Today, her tail is down but her vent looks normal. Palpation of her belly gave no clues. She has been passing very watery pooh though.
Is it a stuck softy ? There's been nothing for 2 days. Shes drinking but not eating.
Sorry to ramble on but Im trying to cover any questions you may have.