I woke up this morning to an egg on the bottom of the white chicken's cage. Dang.
The little white chicken has been acting a bit 'strange' for the past week or so. She has been super clingy (even more so than usual). On top of that, her poo has been a different consistency than normal, though just as frequent. Her appetite seemed lower than normal, but she was still eating. I was on the verge of taking her to the vet already, but I guess the reasons for her changes have revealed themselves...
I spent this morning googling egg laying and talking to the breeder where I purchased the chicken as a little chick nearly 7 years ago (she just turned 7 and I have had her since she was only 6 months). I read the conflicting viewpoints on whether or not to remove the egg, but I really had no choice...the egg (despite seeming to be perfectly formed with a nice, hard shell) had a crack from the fall off the perch. The breeder also recommended that the egg be removed. The white chicken didnt seem to mind at all, merrily going about her business as if nothing happened. She actually seemed in good spirits, just as she did a couple weeks ago before her abnormal behavior began. She ate a little square of mozzarella(one of her favorites, and good for her calcium levels) as well as a good bit of her normal food.
Both my wife and I had to go into work, so the little chicken is home alone at the moment. I can't help worrying about her, even if I think she is going to be perfectly fine. I will see her in a couple hours and will forgo the vet visit for the time being if she is still in good spirits. I am also planning a giving her a little more mozzarella and cooking her some scrambled eggs (another favorite).
I have also learned that I have been doing things wrong. The little chicken LOVES to be scratched all over, especially on her back, but this may have been partially responsible for her little egg laying incident. I can go without scratching under wings and focus on her fluffy top instead, but stopping the cuddling under the blankets is going to be tough. Her morning ritual is to come out and go to sleep under the blanket with me for a half hour or so before helping me and my wife get ready for work. She will watch TV under the blankets with my wife or me. I know I have to stop this little habit of hers, but for how long? Forever?
I am hopeful that she doesn't feel the need to lay another egg (especially since she didn't seem to care at all for the first egg), but I suppose I have to be ready for the possibility. This forums and many of your past topics have been a great help this morning. I feel a lot better about the whole situation (though I am still pretty worried about my little angel). Is there any other advice you can give to make this process easier?
I dont know whether the chicken wing is good for her, but it is a rarity that she is allowed to eat one. She is allowed to eat white meat whenever we have it for dinner, though she doesnt seem to like it as much.