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Old 10th May 2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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Question Weird meaty lump in nest box beside egg with no shell

Found a weird meaty lump in nest box beside egg with no shell.

Cut it open with a knife and it was meaty and dense..on first inspection before I took a closer look I just thought it was the shell off a soft shell egg.

Any ideas of what this would be? I have uploaded a photo Click image for larger version

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Old 10th May 2012, 10:33 AM   #2
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Re: Weird meaty lump in nest box beside egg with no shell

Do you have a close up of the cut up piece? This photo suggests maybe the shrivelled-up membrane of a shell-less egg?
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Old 10th May 2012, 10:38 AM   #3
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Re: Weird meaty lump in nest box beside egg with no shell

No didnt think to get a close up as I wasnt planning on posting it on here. I am fairly sure it is not membrane...it was about 2cm diameter and when I cut it up it was very fleshy looked almost like canned tuna.

We have 3 pullets that a due to come on lay and 2 older chooks we got for free in January that have only ever layed a couple of shell less eggs..Not 100% sure if it was the older chooks that layed this.
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Old 10th May 2012, 10:59 AM   #4
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Re: Weird meaty lump in nest box beside egg with no shell

Hopefully it was one of the older chooks as it looks like this hen will never lay again. There was a thread years ago about these lumps - it's the excreted diseased ovary.

Approximately 25% of commercial layers do this after their first laying season - another reason to not get ex cage hens if you want eggs.
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Old 10th May 2012, 11:05 AM   #5
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Re: Weird meaty lump in nest box beside egg with no shell

Interesting yes I hope it was the older one. We didnt get cage hens just hens from someone local who said "they had no time to keep chooks anymore" silly us for falling for that as novice chook owners. We will only ever get pullets going forward.

Do you think the egg would have then come from a different chook or is it normal for them to pass the ovary with a final shell less egg?
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Old 10th May 2012, 12:21 PM   #6
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Re: Weird meaty lump in nest box beside egg with no shell

Not sure but it would make sense that it came from the same hen. The yolk looks so clean that it is unlikely that another hen was involved.
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Old 10th May 2012, 08:28 PM   #7
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Re: Weird meaty lump in nest box beside egg with no shell

Hi there my hens have laid these at times it is called a lash very common in older hens if you Google it you will find out about them. The one i found it looked like a rubbery piece of meat and it was sort of hollow inside. Hope this helps you.
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Old 10th May 2012, 08:56 PM   #8
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Re: Weird meaty lump in nest box beside egg with no shell

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Hi there my hens have laid these at times it is called a lash very common in older hens if you Google it you will find out about them. The one i found it looked like a rubbery piece of meat and it was sort of hollow inside. Hope this helps you.
Yes I ended up reading about these on some poultry sites after posting. So would you say with your chooks this has not stopped them laying? Also do your chooks typically produce a lash when they are coming off/back on the lay?
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Old 11th May 2012, 10:22 PM   #9
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The one that layed this, now and again would lay others I can tell as she is just not herself but once she has she perks up. I don't think she is laying anymore but that's ok she is in retirement now. I'm a bit of a softy i really enjoy my hens i'm not too worried if she doesn't lay an egg as i still get plenty of goodness to put on my garden.
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