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My about 1 year old hen has been laying around hiding under

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My about 1 year old hen has been laying around hiding under bushes wont eat drink just acting broody. Vent is dirty around vent. where she perches i found looks like egg yolk I gloved up fely inside vent no egg or shells. Gave her a warm 15 min bath, some calisum and water. seems alittle better but still wants to be off by herself
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 10 months ago.

Hi this is Dr. Hill. Please give me a moment to type my full response. Thank you.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 10 months ago.

It sounds like she has a reproductive issue. When they egg is laid without a shel or a very thin or soft shell, this is typically a sign of quick transit through the reproductive tract and associated with metritis. Have you made any changes in husbandry over the last few weeks? What diet are you feeding? Any supplements? Does she free range? Was she vaccinated for Mareks as a day old chick? lets start there.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 10 months ago.

Also, are any of the other hens having abnormal eggs?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have 2 hens, They both have been laying eggs normaly. One hen went Broody I got her some eggs. They grew up. She is laying eggs daily. Now this second hen is the one who's acting sick. They eat cat food, dog food,layers scratch.They are cage free and roam my yard with the dogs and cat.She seems alittle better today but still hiding ,not eating not drinking, just looking pitiful. No shots were given
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 10 months ago.

So, I would stop their access to the dog and cat food. It is not healthy for them. That may be your issue. Is she having normal stools?