Cuddles lays five cooked eggs.
Internal Laying

*WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS GRAPHIC PHOTOS OF POOP*

*CHICKEN POOP.  NOT HUMAN POOP*

When last we met, Cuddles had a very small problem with maggots trying to eat her alive.  Such an inconvenience.  She got off easily because the majority of animals who suffer from flystrike die.  The only reason Cuddles made it through is because I happen to work from home and spotted it right away.  I also happened to have antibiotics on hand that I could give to her immediately.  Had these two things not have been working in my favour, Cuddles would most probably have died.  Again.

Once she got over her flystrike episode she was feeling great, running, bouncing and bullying.  Bullying is a good sign in a chicken. It means they’re feeling happy and healthy when  a chicken has the energy to divebomb another chicken’s wattle for no apparent reason.

Then this happened.  (poop picture coming up)

 

Internal-laying-poop

 

For those of you who don’t know, that’s not what chicken poop normally looks like.  This is what chicken poop normally looks like.

 

normal-poop

 

If it’s hot out and the chickens are drinking a lot, their poop  will be watery, or if they’ve eaten a lot of greens it might be green … but generally a healthy chicken poop looks like the above photo.  The white is urine and the poop coloured stuff is poop.

So there are two things wrong with the poop in the first picture.  It’s very watery with only a tiny bit of “poop” in it.  That means she’s drinking, but isn’t eating.   Watery stool in general means she isn’t feeling well.  The other issue with the poop are the yellow blobs in it.

Those yellow blobs are COOKED EGGS.  Yes.  Yes they are.

That means that a) Cuddles is laying eggs internally and they’ve given her an infection which has given her a fever which HAS COOKED THE EGGS INSIDE OF HER.

Cuddles.  My little microwave chicken.

 

 

Eggs-laid-internally

 

In that one poop I found 5 eggs.  Granted, they have no shells, but they are eggs.

 

 

Cooked-eggs-laid-internally

 

You can see that more clearly when I cut the larger egg open.  You can very clearly see the “white” surrounding the “yolk”.  And you can also very clearly see that it’s cooked.

 

Internal-laying-cooked-eggs

 

The second I saw this I knew she was going to need antibiotics again and right away.  She was so sick and lethargic and just feeling awful.  So right away I syringed some antibiotics into her and fed her things she loved and I knew she would eat.  Tomatoes, corn, mealworms, pedicure toe separators.  Yeah.  The pink spongey ones. It happened about 2 years ago.

But after a few hours she didn’t even want to eat mealworms so I had to make a gruel out of her feed by grinding it up and mixing it with water.  I syringe fed her 5 times a day for two days.  By that time the antibiotics I was also syringe feeding her made her feel much better and she was eating on her own.  I kept her on antibiotics, syringe feeding them to her 4-5 times a day for 5 days.

Making sure an internal layer has food in them is important for two reasons.  Eating keeps them alive through nutrients obviously, but having food inside their little stomachs allows them to have something to pass.  The more they’re pooping, the faster and easier time they’ll have  getting rid of the eggs that have built up inside of them.

This is all just experience talking by the way.  I’m not a vet, have never been a vet and could never be a vet.  Unless the only job I had to do was syringe feed chickens.

Or extract a puss filled abscess on a cat.  I can do that too.

Also if you need any small home dental work done, I’ve experimented with that too but I wouldn’t recommend hiring me because I’m not very good.

wandering-cuddles

 

For the first couple of days I let Cuddles roam around the backyard by herself so she wouldn’t be bothered by the other chickens. She moved around and scratched in the dirt.  As soon as I put her back in her run she went to the furthest, darkest corner and laid down looking like she was just waiting to die.  But I wasn’t going to let that happen.  At least I was hoping I wasn’t going to let that happen.

 

droopy-wing

 

One of the ways you can instantly tell if a chicken isn’t feeling well is her wing position.  A droopy wing signals lack of strength and energy.  The same way you get droopy when you’re sick, a chicken gets droopy.  The top dotted line shows where Cuddles wing should be.  It should be tucked up nicely against her body.  But it’s hanging low.  In this photo she was sick, but not so sick she couldn’t ruin my shot by walking away.  So the picture is blurry. In case you hadn’t noticed.  I’m good at pointing things out like that to you.

Which brings me to the point of this post.  I’ve read about a certain hormone therapy you can put a chicken on.  I read about it on Backyard Chickens.  Then, a reader commented that their wife is a vet and uses this hormone therapy on her own chicken.

The drug is called Suprelorin and was originally made for ferrets.  It’s an implant that’s placed in the chicken’s breast, or under the wing.  The implant releases hormones which stop the chicken from laying eggs, therefore preventing infection from internal laying, the end result being healthy hen.  However, there isn’t a lot of information on it and it’s experimental in chickens.

It definitely isn’t anything my regular vet is familiar with. He helps me with Cuddles the odd time doing fecal tests and prescribing me antibiotics for her.  But big farm animals are his thing so he doesn’t know what to do with something that isn’t likely to hoof him in the head.

I now have a local cat vet who is also a chicken owner and poultry judge looking into it for me.  I’ll report back with what he finds out. (he’s also starting a magazine dedicated to poultry and other avians which I’ll introduce you to later)

So Cuddles is on the mend for the moment, but isn’t laying eggs because she probably will never lay eggs again.  Oh, and Josephine is broody once more.  As is Mabel.  And Cheez Whiz is moulting.  So that means I’m getting exactly zero eggs a day.

I wish I had known this whole “no eggs thing” was going to happen all at once.

For one thing I’d have made those last eggs of Cuddle’s last a lot longer.  Lipsmack.

 

*Postscript* After writing this post I got an email from the vet who found out the drug is not available in Canada. Which is kind of heartbreaking. He says it’s possible to import the drug, but at a cost of $100 just for an import license (or something like that). Then there’s the cost of the drug and finding someone who can implant it successfully and repeatedly. I’ve asked him to look into it further.




 

 

63 Comments

  1. Laurinda says:

    “Lipsmack”- AHAHAHAHA…ew

  2. Mary says:

    There is a chicken rescue here in MInnesota and they sterilize all the chickens, all the time. They have a Facebook page called “Chicken Run Rescue”. The owner is well educated in all things chicken, but she is kind of a nazi about sterilizing them. You might be able to PM her to get more info on how they do it, but I’m pretty sure they use the implants.

  3. Cynthia Jones says:

    You know I get excited when we talk about Poooop or Poop ( the Aussie pronunciation)…sounds like ‘put’.

    So, I got onto Dr Google and found that Suprelorin is made in Australia, in Sydney. I rang them hoping to be able to obtain an implant for Cuddles and bribe you with it held in my hot little hand.

    No such luck yet. The nice lady who can tell me if you need a prescription for it or not, is not available and will ring me back later. Her name is Michelle Murdoch from Virbac Peptech.

    I did however, find this huge document about the use of it in dogs. I thought you might find it interesting.
    http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/breeding/suprelorin.htm

    It’s used as an alternative to castration.

    Apparently, they have tried whacking it into everything from monkeys to lions and it does just fine and stops them producing any kind of reproductive hormone.

    I used to offer a similar treatment to my second husband, but he did not see the benefits or the humour in it.

    I’ll let you know what Michelle says.

    • Karen says:

      You did whatttt??! I can’t believe you’d go and do that for me. I’m very, very touched. As it turns out the drug is not available in Canada. I only found that out yesterday (after I’d already written my post). Apparently it’s possible to import it but expensive and no vets around here have any experience with it. The guy I have looking into it though has promised he’ll order it for me if I want him to. I told him to check on complete costs but yes .. I believe I’d like to go ahead with it. Thank you again. Honestly. ~ karen!

      • Cynthia Jones says:

        Okay. Michelle must be busy and I don’t want another restraining order, so I asked another lady and she told me to try Provet, which is the Wholesaler for Suprelorin in Aus.

        Here’s their website .http://www.provet.com.au

        Your vet would have to contact them. They would only give me an email address, no direct exporter contact number. Grrr!

        sales-qld@provet.om.au

        They do export it, but it needs to be kept in the fridge. This lady did not want to tell me the secret vet business secrets of how that could be done.

        Anyhoo, this info might help your guy who is helping you.

        If they are unhelpful, it might be possible to find a vet over the border in US , if others on here have got their hands on it.

        Apparently, it comes in a 6 month and a 12 month implant. You would think a chicken would only need half an implant at a time due to body size.

        She may be ok to wait a little while for it to come in, as she has got rid of the blockage.

        • Cynthia Jones says:

          Just another thought.

          I can’t stand it when pharmaceutical solutions are made hard to get.

          Ask your vet guy, why it would not work to give Cuddles Progesterone. I might be crazy, but I thought that would stop her ovulating and it comes in a cream form. If it would work in chickens, You could rub some on her butt every day.

          It would make her cranky as progesterone is the cranky hormone, but it’s worth a brainstorm.

  4. Therese says:

    Well, Karen,
    I can’t believe the coincidental timing of this post and Cuddles’ dilemma. I have had the exact same problem with several of my hens, usually resulting in them having to go to the big chicken coop in the sky. In fact, it happened a few months ago to my most adored, big old commercial layer, Selma. She was about 6 and a half years old, so I decided to let her go. However, last December it happened to my daughter’s tiny 2 year old bantam girl, Bocconcini. She is very tiny, not much bigger than a pigeon, and after looking unwell for a couple of weeks, it was discovered she had been laying internally for months. I decided (at great financial cost) to go ahead with a full hysterectomy and hormone implant treatment (for the hen, not me). The amount of gunk they extracted astounded even the specialist avian vet. Poor little chook! Anyway, after a horrible operation and a couple of weeks recuperating indoors with our elderly guinea pig, she bounced back like a little champion. It’s now been 8 months, and I noticed a few days ago that she has started making little nests about the place. Apparently time for a replacement hormone implant. I’m taking her in tomorrow. I can report that although there have been no more eggs (they were only about the size of a ping-pong ball anyway) the treatment has been very successful and we’ve had our happy little chook back.
    Good luck with Cuddles! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for her.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Therese! I’m so happy to hear from another reader that has used it. My understanding was you didn’t need to have an operation, just the implants. But maybe I’m mistaken. :/ In fact I thought that was the point of it. That you could get the implant and not have to worry about a hysterectomy. Uch. SO glad to hear Bocconcini is doing well! ~ karen

      • Therese says:

        Hi Karen,
        Unfortunately for Bocconcini I hadn’t realised what was going on soon enough and all the eggs were actually still in her body cavity. Poor thing was bloated, couldn’t poop or even walk very well.
        Also – I just double checked with the vet and the implant she’s having replaced tomorrow is the Suprelorin that Cynthia mentioned.
        Hope you’ve caught it quick enough and Cuddles doesn’t need the op!
        Therese

        • Karen says:

          I haven’t noticed any bloating in her chest at all (which is where they commonly have to be sucked out of by a needle as you know). I just hope I can get the medication here. My vet just discovered it isn’t carried in Canada but he’s looking into importing it for me with some special license. Thanks again for the information! ~ karen

  5. Kathleen says:

    WAY too graphic for so early in the morning! And the “lipsmacking” comment at the end almost made me heave!

    I do however, hope that Cuddles makes a full recovery…

    No I’m off to find something pleasant to replace the images in my mind! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Excellent! I love getting a reaction. Just for you, only pretty pictures for the rest of the week. I think. 😉 ~ karen!

  6. Barbie says:

    Praying everything works out for your sweet Cuddles!

  7. Auntiepatch says:

    Oh, how awful for you and Cuddles. Hope she’s better soon. Please give her a cuddle from me.

  8. Sandi says:

    I’m a vet, and an occasional chicken vet to boot, and I’m quite impressed with your chicken hormone knowledge! Way to take care of your feathered girls!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Sandi. Because chicken vets are so rare, anyone who has backyard chickens has to be prepared to immediately become their own chicken vet. Seriously. If someone had told me owning chickens would result in handpicking maggots off a hen’s butt … !!! ~ karen

  9. MissChris from SA says:

    you are very patient and perservering with Cuddles!! any lessor person would have had Chicken Roast by now!!!

  10. Lindy says:

    Ah Timing. I was just crunching into toast and crunchy peanut butter as I scrolled down to the graphic poo shot. Thanks Karen for making my breakfast reading so ‘interesting’. Heave Alert would definitely more useful than the rather bland admonition Contains Chicken Poop. I know chicken poop. I thought I knew chicken poop. That was gross. And the fact you separated out the ‘cooked’ eggs so elegantly to get them in a neat shot in a descending scale of size made me laugh. Boy oh boy, you are dedicated to this Blog. And to Cuddles. But I can tell you that moving house and emptying sixty boxes of random possessions was a whole lot more fun than the way you spent your weekend. How on earth am I going to eat a boiled egg ever again?

    • Karen says:

      You aren’t leaving my French farm are you? ‘Cause I might have more questions I need answered in person. At a French farm. ~ karen!

      • Lindy says:

        Fear not, I’m not leaving the French farm until I’m well into my dotage. The thought of you Popping By has not frightened me so much that I am selling up!
        We just moved addresses in London where I am obliged to mooch for ten days a month.

    • Irene says:

      Heh. I had just reached the beautifully lined up eggs when I looked down and realised I was busy peeling eggs. Chicken eggs. Cooked chicken eggs.
      It gave me a moment. 😀

  11. Jenny W says:

    I really, really thought I needed Backyard Chickens, but after all this, I realize that perhaps all I need is the awesome coop… Perhaps I could fill it with fluffy Guinea Pigs instead!
    Poor little Cuddles 🙁

  12. Kim says:

    Hope everything works out with Cuddles…we are all rooting for her!!! You are such a good chicken mama Karen!!!

  13. Karol says:

    I wonder how many people will do what I did and heed your warning about the graphic pix… I just skipped straight to the comments. Surprisingly, I could figure out the whole post by reading the comments, and I got to eat my breakfast without hurling. No poop pictures for me. Blechhh!

  14. jainegayer says:

    I think I’ll wait a little while before I have my coffee this morning.
    I’m sorry to hear poor Cuddles was under the weather again. Please keep us posted on the hormone thing.

  15. Ann says:

    So sorry about Cuddles and round 3 of life threatening conditions. I have decided that the sweeter a chicken is, the more likely they will be the one who will have every trouble imaginable. But any nasty chicken will survive and survive for many many years. My brown leghorn, Brownie, is a mean flighty thing. She was almost entirely scalped by something this summer while I was gone to Florida. The girl watching out for my animals did what she could but for 2 days Brownie was not even cleaned up or sprayed with an antibiotic. When I got home, she was a hot mess. We could see muscle over half her head and down her neck. On the other side of her half ripped off comb, we could see skin, but no feathers. I cleaned her up and sprayed Blu-Coat on. Then kept her isolated for almost 2 months while those feathers grew back. She even kept laying during some of it. And now you wouldn’t know a thing had been wrong and she is back being boss of the barnyard. Healthy, happy and mean as the day is long.

    But my sweet white Jersey Giant can not walk right and rarely lays an egg. She lives with 2 other babies up in another small chicken run. She will come get bugs from my hand and even lets me pick her up. Sometimes she really gets lame and just sits on her own for a couple of days before she improves again. Someday I will go out there and I will know the time has come to do what I must do. What others might have done sooner. But for now Miss Snow is happy and makes me happy

    • Karen says:

      It almost sounds like she could be laying internally too, Ann. They do have trouble walking and sometimes breathing because they have so much egg fluid built up in them. ~ karen!

  16. Amber says:

    Tiny gods, I thought I was superhuman by brushing my cats teeth and making their food. I bow and scrape.

  17. Tigersmom says:

    Luckily I already hate eggs (the taste and smell of them, not the shape and lovely colors they can be) because after this post, I don’t think I could ingest them even if they were my favorite food. Maybe this none of your chickens producing eggs at the moment is a good thing, but you’ve obviously got a much stronger stomach than me and most everyone else. You seriously rinsed them off and dissected them. Wow. Are you sure you’re not a vet?

    On the other hand, I’m so sorry to hear Cuddles is having more health issues. Please do keep us posted on Cuddles. Verbally works for me.

  18. Alana says:

    Karen:

    You might want to check out this website. The FAQs are terrific. Terry’s “spa treatment” sounds like it might help. We’ve used it a few times on our hens…

    http://hencam.com/henblog/

    Just as an aside, we were adopted by what appears to be a mallard hen. She waddles around after my 8 hens, gets into their run and messes up their water, and generally annoys the girls. VERY funny. My kids are hugely entertained and we all love that silly duck….

    Cheerio!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alana. Yes, I actually had a back and forth with Terri of that blog when Cuddles was first sick a year ago. She didn’t think things looked very good for Cuddles, but we proved her wrong. 😉 She wasn’t counting on my persistence or Cuddles. She was very nice and helpful. ~ karen!

  19. Karin says:

    I started reading your blog because I was looking for chicken coop ideas (and I LOVE your coop) for the coop I was hoping to build next spring for my soon to be flock of lovely little chickens. But. As I told my guy just yesterday, the more I learn about chickens the more I realize I am not cut out for chicken keeping. This – and the flystrike – confirms it. Don’t feel bad! The whole reason I wanted to have chickens (besides the fact that they are so cute!) was for the eggs, and it seems to me that it will be a lot easier to keep doing what I’m doing now – get them at the farmers market from a guy that I know personally and I have seen his coop and how well he takes care of his brood. So, thanks Karen, for making me see reality! I am, however, now a committed reader of your blog (sometimes it’s the highlight of my day – is that sad?) and that will stay the same.

    • Karen says:

      Nope, not sad at all as far as I’m concerned, lol. That’s good! Part of the reason I do these posts is so people can see what keeping chickens is actually like. It’s not all running through meadows and fluffy asses. ~ karen!

      • Karin says:

        Well, I do appreciate that, as I’m pretty sure I did think it would be all fluffy asses. Keeping chickens is apparently a lot more work than I thought! I think with a full time job, two dogs, a very high maintenance cat, a garden and a ton of pond fish I have enough to do right now. I,
        unfortunately, am NOT a superwoman. Sad face. But at least I’m realistic, right?

        I think you deserve a medal.

  20. Mary W says:

    I’ve only owned large dogs – pit bulls, ridgebacks, labs, etc. and had never brushed their teeth. Which turned out fine as they were outside dogs and evidently brushed their own without me knowing. Then I moved inside city limits and now have a tiny 6 pound yorkie poo poo. (father is mini-poodle/yorkie and mom is mini poodle) If you Google pics they are adorable and stay little and don’t shed. She is almost ten and weighs a healthy 7 pounds. All this to say, little dogs need their teeth brushed and I didn’t know that. So now she has infection, broken teeth, and horrible breath. I recommend everyone getting any animal – look at suggested care no matter how many you had before, as breeds change the equation. Karen is great example of good animal owner – I am not. Take my first hand failure and learn, please. If your not up to the challenge, then get a different animal. Its way better than loving something that loves you back and know you have failed them.

  21. amy watson says:

    I find myself growing more and more fond of Cuddles, she is one tough bird,….. Bless her Heart..

  22. Melissa in NC says:

    You are a great pet mom…I’m not sure I would go near a puss filled abscess. Is that kind of like expressing anal glands on a dog? I can do that. Get well, Cuddles. You are loved by many.

  23. maggie van sickle says:

    Karen, you are one good chicken Momma. Good thing they have you. Have a great day and a rest.

  24. Ev Wilcox says:

    Sorry to hear that Cuddles is not well again. You are indeed a good chicken mama. I am not surprised that chickens can be complicated, as it seems to me that all birds are, as are the reptiles that they are so closely related to. I know reptiles, as I have taken care of many through the years. But birds need special care, and you have been a real trooper in loving your birds. Hats off, and wish you the best! Also, the “Poo shots” did not bother me and were informative!

  25. marilyn says:

    i may never eat eggs again

  26. Linda Robbins says:

    If I were the sort of person who wrote hashtag things, I would write #sogladibuymyeggs

  27. Karin says:

    well it sure ain’t pretty to look at but it was very informative. i shall continue eaten eggs, why wouldn’t i? it’a all part of the circle of life. Cuddles is one tough chick and she’s really lucky to have you as a chicken mom. i was called to my friends coop a couple of times now to help move along an ailing one to the feathery gates of chicken heaven. I really admire your determination and Cuddles’.

    on a sidenote though, what is this magical metal beautiful sphere in the pic with Cuddles meandering through your backyard?

  28. LazySusan says:

    I hope Cuddles continues to survive and thrive. She was sooooooo lucky to have ended up at your home!

  29. Cathy Reeves says:

    What amazes me is the chicken poop made me gag whilst people poop doesn’t. Unless it is from dead bowel or c-diff. Belly button goobers make me gag too so don’t worry about clean undies if ever in an accident, for the love of all nurses everywhere, ream your button daily.
    Hope Cuddles is on the mend.

  30. Julie says:

    I am a vet tech that works in a bird specialty practice. Suprelorin is not available in Canada, but Depo Lupron is. I know this because I order it from Canada because it is cheaper! Depo Lupron is the injection version of Suprelorin, which is an implant. It is short acting so Cuddles would need injections every 2-3 weeks. It is also VERY expensive but some bird vets make multiple chicken sized doses out of one human dose. See if there are any local vets that carry it.

    I read some of the comments about the Suprelorin above. No, you can’t give 1/2 of a dose. You actually need the double dose. Birds have a very high metabolic rate and burn through medicine faster than other animals. And the studies are not great on the implant actually working in birds. Just so you know in case you can get your hands on an implant. They also were on manufacturer back order for months last year. That means the price went way up and the ferret owners are buying them up for their little guys.

    I hope Cuddles is doing well. And good job saving her life multiple times!

    • Karen says:

      That’s good to know Julie. I’d appreciate any other information you have on it. I’d have to look at the cost obviously, which sounds like it might be prohibitive. BUT at least I could do the injections myself. I wouldn’t (probably) be able to do an implant myself. Anyone I’ve talked to who has tried Suprelorin has said it has worked on their hens. But I understand it’s off label use for sure and experimental. I’ll let the vet doing my research know about the Depo Lupron and I’ll look into it myself. ~ karen!

    • Karen says:

      I just did a quick online check of the drug and see several people who have used it for their hens, but two of them I came upon said their hen developed hip problems (the join disintegrated) and they died after a few months of treatment. So that’s a bit scary. ~ karen!

      • Julie says:

        We use it on birds, parrot species and chickens, on a daily basis and have never seen hip or bone problems. And we actually use it on birds with bone problems because of the laying. The bones become thin because of the excessive amount of estrogen in the body. Maybe the cases you read about actually had that problem first. Who knows?
        Good luck! Julie

  31. Jody says:

    Poor lamb! You I mean, And poor little chick. Although I have no advice to offer I hope Cuddles feels better soon. Is there a chicken vet at University of Guelph?

  32. IRS says:

    I usually read your posts right after they appear, at midnight. That’s a good thing, since I am less likely to be eating anything at the time. But since I returned home from the US very late last night, I didn’t get around to reading the latest one until just now. I thought I would read the new post, and then go make some egg salad. Swear to God. I shit thee not. To make matters even worse, the eggs are the kind that you buy already hardboiled, in little packs of 2, and my 4 eggs are already a few days expired, but I was hoping they were still be OK. *gags* So much for that plan. I think Lindy made an excellent suggestion that you immediately start using the universal “Heave Alert” when appropriate.

    Can someone here please explain to me the allure of chicken keeping? Unless you all have delusions of being Laura Ingalls Wilder, and think you live on the Little House on the Prairie, which I don’t think is the case, you know that buying your eggs is a hell of a lot easier – and cheaper, and far less gross – than getting them on site. If you keep chickens as pets, do you really get that much social interaction with them? The term “bird brain” was coined for a reason. While I hope that little Cutlet recovers from her latest crisis, I just cannot fathom the time and trouble and expense that you chicken wranglers put into this endeavor. You chicken people must be a special breed. Someone above mentioned a chicken rescue organization that sterilizes chickens. That sounds like a great idea for cats and dogs, but is that really necessary for chickens? I’m not trying to be mean, really I’m not, but if roving gangs of unowned chickens are really a problem somewhere, well, everyone has an oven. Cue the vitriolic outrage from chicken owners now.

  33. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    uhhhh…I see what you mean about that one…You just keep doing what you are doing..I know you won’t give up on Cuddles unless it is absolutely what you must do…I’m not sure who is the toughest..you or Cuddles…Hugs..

  34. Susan Mann says:

    Awww, bless her little chicken heart! She’s so cute too…..never thought I’d say a chicken was cute, but darnit, she IS! You’re awesome for taking such good care of her. What a good chicken Mommy you are! : )

  35. Louise says:

    OK, I know I’m weird, but that photo of the big egg cut up . . . made me want eggs! It looked just the way I like ’em, not overcooked – just right. God, I wish there was some way to make this comment anonymous.

    You are a good chicken mama, Karen!

  36. kari says:

    Best wishes Cuddles. What a trooper. Internally cooked eggs are so gross. I hope if my chickens get some ailment, it’s one that yours have had. you have a great reference guide at poor Cuddles expense. But actually, all of the things Cuddles has had are too gross for me. Darn it. ce la vie!

  37. Marti says:

    Lipsmack? LIPSMACK? The only lip-smacking I would be doing in relation to your birds is, as previously stated, for chicken and dumplings. Even I (who grew up eating her pets) don’t think I could eat Cuddles. So what does that mean?

    Of course all your girls have stopped laying simultaneously. Sorta like human females when we all live together. Of course they did.

    Bahaahaahaahhhaaaaaa!! Seriously, don’t eat Cuddles. What, um, do you do, when um, your uhhh, girls get too old to produce? I gather you haven’t stopped eating chicken soup in their honor, right?

    • Karen says:

      Oh I’d never eat Cuddles. Just her poop eggs. Cuddles is the only chicken to stop laying. The others (Norma & Walnut) died suddenly. Probably a heart attack for Walnut and a prolapsed vent for Norma. Meh. They’re pets. They can stay as long as they want to live out their years here. ~ karen!

  38. Ashly says:

    I feel ya! I had a rotten July and most of August with having to medicate 15 chickens twice a day with THREE antibiotics. Because that wasn’t enough, my dominate rooster decided that some extra vigorious humping was in order with his favorite gal and tore a 3″ gash in her side that I could stick my fingers into (she’s healing wonderfully now that she was a stylish chicken parka to wear). So, no eggs here for most of the summer. I lost two chickens, but I’ll keep fighting and going to unneccesary measures for the rest of them.

    Best wishes!

  39. Jeanne Sanchez says:

    Karen, I enjoy your most informative and funny blog. Some days it just what I need for a good laugh. I also have chickens, I bought them in Feb . and they have been laying since late July. I have a gold-laced Wyandotte (Golda) she recently started staying in the nesting box all day and also sleeping there. After reading my chicken books, they mention the ice bath solution (my husband called it the water-boarding method) I did try and after a couple times of doing that she stopped going into the nesting box totally. Now I’m wondering where are the eggs? She stopped laying. Any suggestions on what I can do. Thank you for your blog and I love “doing stuff”. Jeanne

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Jeanne! So you have a broody chicken. I think maybe next time you could try this method which is a little gentler on the hen than an ice bath. It also explains a bit about broodiness in hens. If she was in broody mode for more than a couple of days then she won’t be back to laying eggs for a while. Probably a couple of weeks. It takes that long for their hormones etc. to return to normal after being broody and they won’t lay while they’re brooding either. You might get an egg the first or second day she’s broody but after that she just sits there waiting for something to hatch even if there’s nothing under her! Good luck. ~ karen!

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