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My 3 year old Blue Ranger hen has been a little off colour

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My 3 year old Blue Ranger hen has been a little off colour for a few days and has now laid what I think is a 'lash' egg. 2 weeks ago we introduced 2 new 20 week old hens to her, after a few days they seem to have sorted out the pecking order without too many problems, but I wonder if this stress could be the cause of her current state - she still seems to be 'top chicken'.
However, our last chicken was put down 4 weeks ago because of a respiratory infection that didn't respond to treatment, leaving the Blue Ranger on her own, could she have the same infection but be showing different signs?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your hen. To answer you directly, yes, respiratory infections can manifest in myriad ways and secondary bacterial infections are common and may result in deaths. Other body systems can be affected; for instance, infectious bronchitis (coronavirus) can affect the reproductive tract. Mature layers infected with infectious bronchitis will lay eggs with misshapen, soft, wrinkled shells for several weeks. I might conjecture that the "lash egg" may represent such an egg.

Lash eggs, however, aren't really eggs. Please see here: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/12/salpingitis-lash-eggs-in-backyard.html and let me know what you think came out of your hen.

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