The Lash Egg.
Or, what the hell just came out of my chicken?

(Warning. Graphic Content.)

There is no end to the gross oddities that you’re exposed to when you have children. I mean chickens. Chicken keeping is not for the faint of heart. Or fainters in general.

Now I’m not a farmer. I’m a regular gal in a regular house with nice shoes, an affinity for gold plated flatware and expensive haircuts. I also have chickens. So my shoes get chicken crap on them and I once left the grocery store realizing I had a piece of straw sticking out of my expensive haircut. That straw had chicken poop on it.

So even though the chicken poop part of me could handle what I found in the nesting box the other day, the nice shoes part of me was aghast and disgusted.

When you have chickens, most days things go without incident. It’s just you and your gorgeous chickens as they romp in the straw, scratch in the dirt and dance in the sunshine (everything seen through a filtered lens in slow motion). No, seriously, they dance in the sunshine. For real. Then one day you go to the chicken coop and you find something new. Something unusual. Something horrifyingly gross.

Such was the case last Tuesday.

Last Tuesday I went to check the nesting boxes, (where the chickens lay their eggs) like I normally do.

nesting-box

 

And I found an egg like I normally do.

 

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Only it wasn’t an egg, it was a horrifying rubbery blob.

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I knew right away I had a problem. One of my chickens clearly needed an exorcism.  Barf.

Double barf.

 

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The chicken owner part of me removed the offending rubber blob from the nesting box, but the gold flatware part of me refused to touch it.

 

This, dear readers, is a regular egg sitting beside what I’ve come to find out is a lash egg.

 

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A lash egg isn’t an egg at all, only it is.

I asked poultry vet Dr. Mike Petrik, The Chicken Vet, what the hell this is and what causes it.

This is our email exchange:

 

Dear Mike,

 

What the hell is this and do my chickens need an exorcism.  I have some sage around here somewhere and I think I can find a priest.

 

Karen Bertelsen

 

Dear Karen,

 

This is the result of an egg partly forming, then getting “hung up” in the oviduct.  If you squint, you can imagine that the bigger piece is the yolk and the funny shaped part is a collapsed membrane that is folded around some amorphous material.  The membrane is the part where the shell would have formed and the amphorous stuff is the protein from the egg white, once the water is removed.  

This often happens with sick chickens, since the first response to illness is to conserve resources.  The egg stops whereever it is in the process.  If you cut it open you can see the yolk is cooked.  The result of a fever.

It is quite possible that this is from Cuddles and is a sign that she is fully recovered and ready to come back into production.

 

Mike Petrik

 

Okey doke.  So let’s cut it open!

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I’m losing count here but I think we’re up to triple barf.

 

 

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The inside of the disgusting lash egg.

 

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And just as Mike predicted, some of it is cooked on the inside.

 

 

parts-of-lash-egg

 

Now let’s cut each half in half again.

 

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Now you can really see the eggshell membrane in there.

 

 

 

egg-shell-in-lash-egg

 

So this was definitely an egg that was just about finished forming when something went awry.

The morning after this happened, Cuddles was back in the nesting box but she didn’t lay anything. In fact she hasn’t laid anything since. But she seems to be happy and healthy.

Other than that whole head spinning around incident yesterday.

Meh.  I’m sure it was nothing.




129 Comments

  1. Zoe says:

    Well firstly woohoo Cuddles is almost 100% recovered.
    Am I maybe a little scarred but more educated from those pictures – absolutely.
    However it definitely helped keep me awake while nursing my non-sleeping child. Hoping for happy Cuddles is great dreams when I get to go back to sleep and not lash egg nightmares !!

  2. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    Ok, I should put a picture of that on my fridge…I’ll never be hungry again.

    Glad Cuddles is feeling better!

  3. Kent Major says:

    At first glance of the cut open lash egg it looks like a breakfast wrap from McDonald’s!

  4. Lin says:

    Well that was a grossly facinating and interesting post! I was happy living in my fantasy of cute little balls of feathers hopping about and giving us those lovely little orbs of tasty goodness. I’ll probably have nightmares now. Thanks so much….While I’m here…have I mentioned how very annoying the floating ad at the bottom of the screen when one opens your blog is? It’s damn annoying. ( I know why it’s there and what it does, doesn’t make it less annoying tho) OK, I feel better now.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lin. I’m not very fond of that ad either Lin. But … I have no idea how to get rid of it. Swear to God. It only happens on mobile devices. That much i know. I tried to get rid of it in Google a while ago but … it’s still there. Believe me I’d get rid of it if I could figure it out. ~ karen!

  5. Tracey says:

    Hi Karen,
    I’m really, REALLYglad that cuddles is feeling better.
    I won’t be eating eggs again for a really long time.
    I’m kind of allergic to them, but I do like the taste. Soooo, this was all I needed to quit.
    Thanks Karen! 🙂

  6. Pati Gulat says:

    So this is how I am ending my day….looking at something that is truly nauseating….but I’ll take one for the team as long as Cuddles is doing well ! LOL

  7. Sherry says:

    EEEEEEYUK! I still can’t look at the thing. I used to keep chickens and the girls laid an occasional soft shell. But I have never seen anything like that. I would have had to wear gloves to even touch that. Here’s hoping Dr. Mike is right and it’s a sign Cuddles is all better.

  8. victoria says:

    Oh gross!!!! That is truly disgusting looking! So has Cuddles not laid any eggs since she got sick?
    That image makes me want to vomit.

  9. COOOOOOOOOL! Just saying.

    • Louise says:

      You are a sick woman, Michelle! But I guess I am too, because I agree . . . COOL!

    • Ruth says:

      I kinda thought it looked like a child’s rubber toy (and pondered its bounce-ability) before she hacked it open. The crafty part of me wanted to get some Sharpies and googly eyes and get busy. 😀

      Since I don’t even eat eggs in the first place, this was a nice ‘science-y’ activity. Hah! 😉

  10. Shuckclod says:

    That was interesting 🙂 I guess it’s like a miscarriage. Peta says eggs are their periods. Whatever they are yummy.

  11. Missnicoleo says:

    Sigh. I was planning all day to have a fried egg sandwich for breakfast tomorrow. And now that is ruined.

  12. Stephbo says:

    A little gross, but absolutely fascinating that a fever cooked it. Thanks for sharing it!

  13. Meghan says:

    It looks like an egg, cheese, & tomato sandwich… which will be repulsive to me from now on. 🙁

  14. Vanessa says:

    Rollerblading Christ, KAREN.
    Now I can never eat eggs again.

  15. Nicole says:

    Karen,

    That was highly educational and disgusting, but I am curious and probably would’ve cut it open too! Now I can’t wait to make eggs soon!

    Thanks,

    Nicole 🙂

  16. Shelley says:

    Although this is rather disgusting, I am also finding great hilarity from this post. Karen, you just have a way with words!!! Enough said.

  17. Grammy says:

    That’s disgusting and fascinating. Thanks for the science lesson.

    I ‘d like to know when Dr. Mike Petrik gets an international prize for being such a genius. Really. Who else could have described so perfectly what you would find inside? Seriously. Tell Dr. Mike he’s got a fan club, even though most of us down’t live with chickens.

    And yay, Cuddles!

  18. Luanne says:

    Whew. Gross. I feel like we just bonded, there. Like… gross like popping someone else’s zit. That’s bonding.

    (I was enthralled. And grossed out.)

  19. Luanne says:

    And yeah. It does look a little like a breakfast wrap. Or huevos rancheros.

  20. Auntiepatch says:

    Gross and funny, too!

  21. Cynthia says:

    Yikes! That is worse than a Thunder Egg, which is half poop and half egg. Enormous and gross. Bigger than anything that should come out of a chook’s bum.

    I keep imagining the feeling of resistance as you chopped through it with the paint scraper, right through to
    the bottom…..and the reddish bloody looking bits. Not sure I can eat dinner tonight.

    My last lot of silkies did thunder eggs all over my patio and it was so traumatic I sent them off to live with a nice little boy in the country. (that is not a euphemism for chopping their heads off, I am not lying.)

  22. Mary Edmondson says:

    Hmmmmmm. I wonder what that egg would taste like. (Image of me throwing up!!!) Aren’t animals fascinating? I have ants that inhabit nests made below a crack in my concrete patio and I watch them sometimes for several minutes as they go about their busy-ness. Lately I have been feeding them flies I steal from the spider webs in my yard and I put them and some dragon like slender insects right at the crack where armies immediately converge and salvage the treats in no time at all, forcing them down the crack and into their nest. The other day I put out a small tin with about 2 Tbsps of peanut butter. They love it and the PB is already about half consumed. As a reward for their industry tongiht, I gave them fruit flies that I caught by leaving a bit of wine out in a glass. So tonight they had wine with their dinner. It doesn’t take much to amuse me. Do you suppose at age 75 I might be a tad senile?

    On another subject, as soon as I open your posts, I click on the X of the banner ad at the bottom to get rid of it. Easy peasy and no more blinking and bothering.

    • CeCe says:

      I get a vision of you with your loyal army of ants protecting you. Or perhaps taking revenge on your enemies – Ben, the loyal rat pal. Hey, it could happen!

  23. Mary Edmondson says:

    P.S. What you spend on your haircuts is obvious because your bob (my favorite classic hair style) is stunning. Mine is long now, as doesn’t befit an old lady, but when it was your length and style for several years, it never looked as good because I don’t have that sexy neck/nape line in back. Strut your stuff Karen. You’re a stunner.

  24. Barbie says:

    Looks a little like a cheese omelet to me.

  25. Louise says:

    Oh, I’m so glad you cut it open – I just had to see what was in it! And then you cut it again (you wonderful woman) and scraped out the stuff so we could see the membrane. Fascinating stuff! I’ve sometimes been accused of having a morbid interest in things, so it’s nice to know there are other “weirdos” out there!
    (I’m sure it’s actually a mark of intelligence!)

    • Debbie says:

      Louise, here is something for your morbid interest in things: http://muttermuseum.org/. I took my middle son there over the summer and it is an awesome place. You would have enjoyed the special exhibit of art made from blood (though unless you knew it was blood, you wouldn’t know it was blood). We spent an entire day there and didn’t see everything. If you are ever near Philly, let me know – you can stay with us and I’ll take you! Oh, and it is definitely a mark of intelligence. 🙂

      • Louise says:

        Thank you so much, Debbie; it looks great! I’ve bookmarked the site to look at when I have some free moments. As for morbid curiosity, that’s how science and medicine make progress, right? I think a lot of “weird stuff” is an instinct in us to learn how to better our chances for survival. I’m sure that’s why people have listened to scary stories though the years; to learn what to do when the monster kicks in the door and snatches you up!
        Oh, and here’s a link for you! http://all-that-is-interesting.com/doctor-removed-own-appendix
        Maybe Karen should post something where we all send in our weirdest or scariest stories!

        • Debbie says:

          Thanks for the link, Louise. That was amazing – and in 1960! Morbid curiosity and battlefield medicine are how we learn. (As long as the morbid curiosity is civilized.) I like the idea of weird/scary stories. While I love the ER shows, I’m awful with suspense.

  26. Karen says:

    I have always known it was a bad idea to eat those things. This is what most eggs look like to me. Which is why I prefer mine well hidden by lovely crusts and cheeses and veggies.

  27. Jane says:

    Great post! This may not have been the most pleasant post however we got an education along with your hilarious humor. I loved learning something and having fun. You would have been a great teacher!

    Thanks,
    Jane

    • Karen says:

      Well that’s what I’m doing now Jane. Teaching. 🙂 And I had a HUGE amount of fun teaching my how to turn your blog into a business course last week. ~ karen!

  28. Catherine says:

    I have to agree about your haircut, in fact I took your pic to my hairdresser who laughed because my hair is fairly thin and wavy and obvs would not work. But a girl can dream eh?

    I was drinking coffee when I steeled myself to look at the egg monster – it looks like an embryo doesn’t it? I am now not going to have an egg for breakfast. Just to be on the safe side. Bit queasy…..

  29. Carole Larose says:

    Really-that was fascinating.
    All I can say is Cuddles must be feeling so much better after passing that Blob! Phew!
    Do a little dance , get down tonight’

  30. I love how the vet refers to your Cuddles by name!

  31. Kim C. says:

    Oh no she’s at it again! I kept telling myself, ”Don’t do it, don’t scroll through the pictures.” Your way with words kept curiously stringing me along though, from one ewwwy image to the next. Okay it was fascinating, if only with one eye open! I’m sure I’ll still be gagging when I bake cookies later…that paint scraper coming down…shudder.:-)

  32. Jody says:

    I didn’t find that gross at all. Interesting actually. Great explanation from Dr Petrik.

  33. Beth says:

    Excellent post! (and your pics are fabulous, btw). I teach science to home-educating families (lifelong learning starts early) and love to find other seemingly-normal adults who are fascinated by nature/science/critters. Science rules!

  34. Tigersmom says:

    Did no one else see a badly preserved (in bleach, apparently) severed penis sitting in hay when they saw this?

    I usually pore over your pics, but you could have hidden gold and diamond encrusted pigs in these and I would not have lingered long enough to notice.

    I hope you keep disposable gloves on hand at all times. I would have needed ten foot tongs. And I would have never been able to cut it open.

    Go Cuddles!

    • BethH says:

      Yes! That’s what I saw, only the severed penis was preserved in vinegar! As a science experiment, I used to put a whole egg in a jar of vinegar and it would turn so rubbery that you could actually bounce it. The two images sort of merged in my mind. When that image cleared, I thought, “Wow, I bet that came out of Cuddles! ” I’m glad you cut this open; it looks just like I thought it would on the inside, what with my experience in rubber eggs and all.

    • Carol says:

      I saw a penis, too. And I was wondering about what it said about me. I’m glad to know I’m not alone!

  35. Su says:

    I usually love what you share with us…. this though I could have past on…. I zipped by the pics and I’m still grossed out…. yuck… but I’m glad that Cuddles seems to be on the mend…..

  36. Erica Filpi says:

    I was thinking about getting chickens.. Then I saw this post, thank you for making that decision so much easier. I’m going to barf now.

  37. Beckie says:

    That was fascinating.

    And not gross. At All.

    what does that say about me??

  38. Dagmar says:

    I found that to be very educational. I guess I’m not grossed out, because I am a vegetarian, though not a vegan so I do eat cheese, and mayo sandwiches. But I wonder- where exactly do all of you people think that your hamburgers, or steaks, or pork chops, or crab cakes, or bacon bits, or really anything that is just delicious comes from? Well the animals that are part of that process sometimes have a hiccup or some gross anomaly happen to them. You just know nothing about it. Don’t kill the messenger.

  39. Ev Wilcox says:

    Just back from hugging the porcelain convenience. Well, mentally anyway. Poor Cuddles. She must have been miserable. Glad “the thing” is out of her. Yikes! You are a good poultry mama.

  40. Lynne says:

    I feel compelled to note that you used a putty knife/paint scraper to dissect that thing rather than a piece of cutlery you would use for food. Good call.

  41. Laura says:

    For some reason this just didn’t gross me out! It was near how the egg is cooked from a fever! But poor Cuddles. I hope this means she’s back on track!

  42. Jane P says:

    Educational, hilarious, and Gross! There is something interesting that happens when one does not know if they want to look…but you do… and then yuck and yuck again…but really interesting!!

    So glad your Cuddles is feeling better, chickens are pretty amazing.

  43. Meghan says:

    Oh my god that is SO disgusting!!! I hope it’s from Cuddles and that does mean she’s all better! I have never seen nor heard of such horrible things!

  44. Diana says:

    That would scare the shit out of me… uhhhh. More thinking about the x-files then exorcism….
    (on the 2nd Pic it looks like a penis ;o) Helloween, here we go!

  45. Jan In Waterdown says:

    Cringeworthy!
    :-/

  46. Jan In Waterdown says:

    OK me again . . . I just googled “lash egg” and Karen, I gotta tell ya your blog is right near the top! Does that get you some kind o’ bragging rights? And if y’all want to see more disgusting, barf inducing pics, click on images! I’m going to take a shower now.

  47. Jebber jay says:

    oh my. :o/ Welcome back cuddles. :o) <3

  48. Rondina says:

    I’m glad I just had toast for breakfast.

  49. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    I nearly gagged sitting here at my desk…at work…twice. That is probably the grossest thing I have ever seen. Pure YUCK! However, I did find this post most interesting. Thank you for preparing me for when I can have children, I mean chickens. My children think I’m crazy wanting chickens. Just wait till the grandkids come over and think I’m the coolest cause they got to gather fresh eggs from the coop. Thanks, Karen!

  50. Teresa says:

    Wow! Won’t be eating an omelet anytime soon after this one. Hey, you warned us! Thanks for the information….I think!

  51. jainegayer says:

    I think I’m gonna lose my breakfast. Yuck.

  52. Danielle says:

    I read this post with a combination of fascination and a dry heave. Glad to hear Cuddles is ok.

    • Karol says:

      my sentiments exactly. And why, oh why, do I always read this blog while I am eating! I didn’t make it through all the pictures. Or my breakfast. Still love ya.

  53. judy says:

    Ack!Ack! Blah- We rarely eat eggs=mainly buy them for inclusion in recipes but having a senior brain failure in Costco I had purchased a 2 pack and found that I had some very expensive brown eggs still in the Fridge-laid by Hens allowed free rein of their environment and I believe fed only Ambrosial worms or flowers or something That adds mightily to the wonder of their eggs and the end price tag. Any Hoo finding myself with a plethora of Eggs I whipped up a smoked Ham/Eggs over easy + toast dinner just last night. Why does the cosmos plot against me in this sinister way? I told myself NOT to look @ the pictures and now I will never eat another egg again or until I’m desperate for a fast easy meal. I will still follow your Blog and that proves my loyalty or your Brilliance as a Blogger.

  54. Rebecca says:

    That was horrifying. I was doing okay and found this post rather interesting until you cut it open (still interesting but not okay)! My jaw dropped in disgust and my stomach sunk. In a positive light, I’m glad to hear Cuddles is doing better.

  55. Leslie says:

    I’m sharing this post with my little chicken facebook group. I’m so glad Cuddles is feeling better. I hope she gives you a proper egg again before winter.

  56. Leigh says:

    Wonderful photos! I don’t think a lash egg has ever looked so… well lit. LOL!

  57. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I’m sure Cuddles feels much better with that thing out of her..Did you toss it out or keep it in a jar?..You kept it in a jar didn’t you..

  58. leslie says:

    I’m just gonna say- the chicken-poop/farm girl in you faaaaarrrr outweighs the nice shoe wearing/expensive haircut buying/gold-plated flatware using part of you. This is proof positive!!

  59. Debbie says:

    Happy for Cuddles! I must be nuts and or I am so desensitized to gross that this is a 1 on my gross list of a scale of 10. I have witnessed, smelled and stepped in sick stuff where I work. (No, not in a zoo or hospital). I’m just glad she is on the mend. Plus, now I know I am more weird than I thought. : )

  60. JeannieB says:

    I’m still going to have scrambled eggs for lunch today, despite looking at the ” lash egg”.
    I found this extremely interesting even though I’ll never own chickens.
    I can see how this, being inside Cuddles, could have caused her life threatening illness. Thank goodness it finally passed.
    I wonder how many hens perish from this malady. It must be similar to ” egg binding which can be deadly in budgies and caged birds.

  61. Liz says:

    there was much whiskey giggling over here!…followed abruptly by some gagging. real dry heevy gagging. that was disgust. but I’m really glad I got to see it, and really glad that you had a putty knife for transport and dissection. #ew

  62. Meg says:

    This is an excellent post. I can totally see the yolk/white/stuff at the end – I was even hoping you’d bisect it! FOR SCIENCE! Excellent. I’m glad you’re not faint of heart.

  63. Stacey says:

    I’m nervous laughing… loudly… alone, because I am so grossed out. And, I am not one to gross-out easily. Those pictures are amazing. Veganism here I come!!!

    I’m so happy Cuddles has expelled that alien! I’m even happier that she seems to be feeling better and back to her adorable self. 🙂 YAY!

    Thank you for your awesome posts, Karen! You made my day!!

  64. Mel says:

    First, thank you for the warningat the top of the page, I read this after lunch, and I’m happy I did.
    Second, I am overjoyed that it means that Cuddles is better.

  65. Laura Bee says:

    Facinating! We had chickens when I was a kid. If I’d ever found one of these – I’d have cut it open too!

  66. Jake says:

    For the first time I can remember I did not read to the end of the post. This just freaked me out, and I’m not particularly squeamish. Thanks for this Karen, my day is ruined, my lunch is ruined and so is my supper. Yuck.

  67. Tara says:

    Ugggghhhh. I was doing okay until the pictures of it cut open. Vomit. Glad it might mean good news for Cuddles, though!

  68. Faith says:

    Thanks Karen so much. After owning chickens for years now, we’ve never had a lash egg, but thanks to you, I know what to look for. I really appreciate that you’re not so squeamish as to take photos and help the rest of us learn new things!

    Also, glad cuddles is better.

  69. Janelle says:

    Wow, that’s turned me off of eggs, breakfast sandwiches and dim sum, in one fell swop. Glad your girl is showing (revolting) signs of recovery. Imagine if humans had something like that fall out of their butt every time they got over a virus?

  70. Deirdre says:

    I’m going to have chickens one day! I know I’m going to have chickens one day, my partner knows I’m going to have chickens one day. And seeing this really prepares me for the situations that could happen when one has chickens. Thank you. Bonus point: my 14 year old says she is never eating at McDonalds again, lol. 🙂

  71. J9 says:

    Ew and whoa at the same time

  72. Ellen says:

    That is soooooo gross!!

  73. Shauna says:

    Holy Begeezus, please stop cutting that thing and taking more pictures! BLECH! BLECH! BLECH! That was NOT the chicken farmer side of me.

  74. Mindy says:

    Um, barf is right. It looks like a fucking breakfast burrito made by a disgruntled employee.

  75. Angela says:

    Holy cats Karen! Ive never thought of myself as squimish, but that did it! I can’t even write my thoughts cause it will make me nauseous again!

    super happy cuddles is on the mend!!

  76. Katbert says:

    This is probably a great post but after the first couple of pictures I could not look and could not read. I thought rats were my worst nemesis but perhaps not. Karen, I am still a devoted fan/follower. JUST STOP GROSSING ME OUT!

  77. Miriam says:

    I have just become a vegan.

  78. I think I will skip my egg this morning!

  79. TorontoBoy says:

    I’m guessing this is an early halloween post? with the dexterity that Dexter Morgan would use, cutting up that lash egg I couldn’t help but guess that you were grinning to yourself knowing that some of your readers would squirem reading this post! Hahaha!

  80. Vanessa says:

    saw this on the Kitchn and thought it was amazing (I figured why would a chicken need a rooster, but I like this explanation, not to mention that it makes why you got a funny egg make sense).
    http://www.myswitcheroo.com/products/chicken-reproductive-poster

    kitchen artwork perhaps? or something in a weatherproofed frame for your coup?

  81. Craig says:

    It’s a Chicken Nugget , sell it to KFC or McDonalds!

  82. Jess says:

    Well….WOW!! The thing is…the”egg” on the spatula kinda’looks like a tiny mumified guinea pig. Then after you’ve sliced it in two, like a diy-not-too-good-lookin’-but-totally-edible-eggroll. Or maybe I’m just hungry… 😉

    • Karen says:

      O.K., if that thing brings out any inclinations of eating or hunger in you, you must be STARVING. Or a bit touched in the head. 🙂 ! karen!

  83. Jess says:

    Bit of both Karen, I’m hoping:-D

  84. Amy says:

    Once, while gathering chicken eggs on the farm where I was living at the time, I stuck my hand in a high nesting box that I could not actually see into…and I drew back instantly horrified at feeling a soft jiggly blob that I felt certain was going to somehow come alive and devour my hand. Turns out, it was only an egg from a chicken who apparently did not get enough calcium and the shell of the egg never properly formed, leading her to lay a blob that looked perfectly like an egg but was soft and jello-y. Yikes…

    Always make sure you can see what you are sticking your hand in…

  85. Jean says:

    Triple barf is right. I’ve had two dogs and rabbit, and nothing like that has come out of any of them. Although the rabbit eats her poop. But that’s healthy for a rabbit. Okay, the rabbit is a double barf. But your chicken wins.

  86. Tya B says:

    Thanks for the information!

  87. Kathy Olding says:

    I had a hen lay a Lash egg last night. I was keeping her in the house because I didn’t know what was wrong with her. I didn’t know if she was egg bound or injured by the rooster. She was alert and active and eating and drinking normally too. She is still in the house until she is better. Anyhow, she finally layed a Lash egg and I had never heard of it before until I posted it on a Chicken FB Group I am on. Someone said it looked like a Lash Egg. Mine did have egg yolk inside though.. it was gross too. I took pictures if anyone wants to see mine. 🙂 they will have to email me at chesapeakes4us@gmail.com if they want me to show them 🙂 She (hen) seems fine otherwise. Amazing how I learn things at my age

    • Karen says:

      Aren’t they strange things Kathy? (both lash eggs and hens, lol). I hope she continues to improve. My lash egg did have yolk, it was just hard to find and it was cooked from the fever she had! I’d actually love to see pictures of yours! (when did I become this person?!) karen@theartofdoingstuff.com ~ karen!

  88. rj Vbrg says:

    Not totally related to the egg event, and possibly a reversal of your gag reflex, I offer…. the chicken sweater:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=928347807184926&set=pcb.928348260518214&type=1

    we have freezing rain down her (chickens are not mine but sister in law has some for her granddaughter to play with) and I know it is cold where you are… if you are apt to knit, Cuddles could be cuddlier!

  89. rj Vbrg says:

    If you have an inkling to knit or re-purpose a sweatshirt, Cuddles cuddlier

    Hey. I know its cold up there…. 😉

  90. Donna says:

    One of my girls laid the same thing today and I was just getting nervous from the article I red on chicken chick! I’m wondering how Cuddles is doing after all these months?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna. I heard from my chicken vet. His opinion is slightly different than the article we both read. He feels a hen laying a lash egg isn’t a death sentence and that many if not most chickens who lay a lash egg will live. If they are strong enough to fight off the initial infection chances are they’ll ultimately be fine. Much like in humans, it’s a matter of how strong the hen is and how strong the bug is. A strong, healthy hen has a fairly good chance of beating the bug. Of course, these are two different opinions from two very intelligent vets. I hope it puts your mind at ease a bit though. ~ karen!

  91. Donna says:

    Chicken chick said it was fatal ??? I’m hoping Cuddles is fine!

    • Karen says:

      Yes, I’ve seen that article Donna. Cuddles seems perfectly healthy. 🙂 She has never laid another egg though. With chickens unless they’re VERY sick it’s hard to tell. They’re absolute experts at hiding symptoms that they aren’t feeling well because they don’t want to appear vulnerable to the other chickens. I’m sure her information is accurate, but just to double check I’ve sent an email to my chicken vet to see if he feels that a lash egg is a death sentence. I’ll let you know when I hear anything back from him. ~ karen!

  92. DH says:

    Glad to hear that Cuddles is still among the living. I also read the Chicken Chick article. While I haven’t had to deal with any lash eggs, it is good to know that there is a reasonable chance of survival for the hen. I don’t really care if they never lay again. 🙂

  93. Donna says:

    Oh thank you Karen! Yes it does ease my mind some. I am so glad Cuddles is still doing well. I think/hope my girl is strong. 🙂 At least I can have hope. 🙂 Thanks for replying.

  94. Mary says:

    Karen,
    I haven’t found a lash egg but today one of my girls has a nasty mess on her backside. My husband just said we need to give her a bath. Any ideas? Did yours have a nasty mess on her backside?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary. I’ve had messy, poopy bums before that’s for sure. I deal with them in 1 of 2 ways. I either bring the chicken into the house and soak her in the bathtub until the poop loosens up enough that I can pull it away (wearing disposable rubber gloves!). The odd time if the poop is dry enough I can just crumble it off while wearing those every so helpful disposable gloves again, lol. A constantly poopy bum is sometimes a sign that something’s wrong and your chicken isn’t feeling well so just keep an eye on her. If she gets poop on her bum just as a fluke, it can also just keep building up because it just keeps gathering on the original blob of poop. Once you clean it off you might find she’s fine. ~ karen!

  95. Gayle M says:

    This just showed up on Pinterest when I signed in. Being the day after the Presidential election, I was certain it was a sign of the end coming. lol Gross but somehow interesting. While I don’t have chickens, I sure learn a lot about them from you. Thanks for your wit and fortitude!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Gayle, lol. I’m not sure who voted for Trump because all of the comments I’m seeing as a Canadian are anti-ANTI-Trump. I’m assuming there are secret Trump supporters who are just laying low. Good luck with your country’s lash egg. 😉 ~ karen!

  96. Molly says:

    This has been so helpful! My duck just laid something even worse than this, there was blood on it too. She is recovering from a raccoon attack where she suffered a fractured leg and a puncture wound. She has been healing well and after 2 1/2 weeks is beginning to use her broken leg. And then this happened. She is a year old and stopped laying last fall and never started up again, but never seemed to have a stuck egg, I checked. She has been on an anti-inflammatory for the leg. Hmmm, not sure what this all means, but it sure is interesting. The last few days she has made great gains in her mobility and food consumption. I’m feeling better about her situation after reading and viewing your post. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Karen says:

      That’s great Molly, thanks for letting me know. I’m not as well versed in ducks but I’m glad my chickens could help. ~ karen!

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