I have a female that I missed the Ovy on. I marked her last shed, June 19th, as it was possibly a prelay shed. Today would have been day 27 since the shed. However, 3 day ago on Thursday evening when I checked her, there were two eggs in het tub. She was not around them they were just off to the side. She clearly has more eggs in her but hasn’t laid any others since. The two eggs had veins and appeared viable so I put them in the incubator. Has anyone had similar experiences and how did they play out?
I am not panicking or am I too worried just yet about her being egg bound, as she doesn’t appear to be in any distress or discomfort. I didn’t truly even expect the possibility of eggs before today, and as many of us have seen, day 27 isn’t a hard fast date either. Love to hear what others have experienced.
A few years back one of my girls laid a single egg, then the rest of the clutch 5 days later. All of the eggs were fertile and hatched into healthy babies.
Thank you for letting me know. Even though it may to early to know how this will play out, it is good to hear someone has had a similar experience with a positive outcome.
Just one other question. Did the egg that was laid 5 does before the rest, pip early or with the rest? Thanks again.
They all hatched out around the same time. A few eggs pipped a day or two earlier than the others, but that happens all the time. I put the early egg in the same box with the others and lost track of which one it was, so I can’t say for sure if it was one of the earliest to pip.
She still hasn’t laid the remaining eggs and it has been 8 days since she dropped the first two. I’m not sure when to hit the panic button because the first two eggs we early of the first projected lay date, and I had never had a girl lay early. Furthermore, today is only day 33 post shed so if the two eggs hadn’t dropped first, I wouldn’t be at all concerned about her not having laid eggs yet. Any advice?
I don’t deal with BPs, but I had an egg bound female corn earlier this year, so I know the worry and wondering when it’s time to actually panic. If you feel something isn’t right, I suggest taking her in to a vet. Some might say that will cause more stress and give it time, but you know your girl. You said the two eggs she laid looked viable, do they still? If so, it likely means the remainder are also ready to be laid.
How is she doing? Is her body condition good? Is she moving around and acting normal? I’ve never had one go that long before laying the rest, but as long as she looks okay I think I’d give her a little more time.
I figured I would provide an update on this. The girl had dropped 2 viable eggs on July 14th. The next two eggs she deposited were on August 12th. She then dropped two eggs yesterday and the final egg this morning. None of the five that were deposited after were viable. All looked to have been good eggs originally but having been stuck inside her for so long, the contents had just become a solid mass that looked like an egg shaped lump of silicone caulk. Here are a couple pictures of the eggs that came out. The first one was really compressed and then each egg to follow looked a little better.
Honestly, you should have gone to a vet a week or two after she laid the first two, I’d still take her in now if you haven’t already because she could have an infection after retaining for that long. I’d also not breed her again.
I was in communication with JK about her and he was coaching me along the way on what to watch out for. I kept a very close eye on her watching for any signs of real distress, but she never even looked terribly uncomfortable. Her original first due date should have been July 16th. So the first two eggs were two days early. Today is day 61 since her prelay shed, which is not outside of some clutches being laid. I have had a clutch drop on day 54 after the female had two prelay sheds, and all the eggs were viable and went to term.
I have no intention of breeding her again. I intend to sell her as a pet only and will make quite clear the circumstances behind it.
Man, sorry the other eggs didn’t make it. Thanks for sharing your story though. I can’t imagine this happens a lot, but if any of us run into a similar issue at least we’ll know what to look out for.