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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 4:01 pm 
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I hope I can attach the photo.

I went to collect the eggs and two girls had laid on the 1/4 full bag of mulch. One had pooped and there was also this weird thing (or things cos there were several). I touched one, it wasn't slimy or anything, and resembles devon (spritz? in SA). There's no way my girls have eaten that stuff (or any fake foods). It broke open easily, didn't smell (from that distance anyway, I didn't think to sniff it closely).

Any ideas??



ok, let's hope this works (part of the problem was for some reason my computer decided not to keep photoshop, so i had to quickly learn how to reduce the size of a photo on the programme that is on my computer).

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[You copied the wrong line under the photo - the bottom one is the one you want next time - Chicken07]


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 Post subject: Re: What is this??
PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 4:11 pm 
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This information is in the Technical helpline for putting photos up

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=6779
viewtopic.php?f=18&t=7955103
viewtopic.php?f=18&t=7955545

Then at the top of this forum is this thread on chook poo pictyures
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=7956590

About 3/4 of the way down the first page is what I think you may be describing. There is a link to that thread so you can follow it too.

We would love to see your pictures to add to the collection and see if you have a problem.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 4:32 pm 
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Thanks Stella, after some searching and thinking (funny how that helps :D ) i worked it out.

They do look like the poops in that thread (there's no way I could have searched that, and cos they were clean, assumed laid not pooped. dunno why, they use the same canal??). I wonder if this is the girl I posted about last week? She's eating well now, running around as normal.

Oh well, might find out soon. Or not :)


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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 5:08 pm 
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black, you may be interested in looking at this thread about a strange lump that was laid.

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=7972679&hilit=ovary

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 7:00 pm 
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thanks chicken07. that was an interesting (and sad) thread.

i think whatever it is, isn't a good thing :(


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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 7:22 pm 
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Don't give up on her yet, Black. Although many do go downhill perhaps with tumours, I've also heard of cases where chickens with laying irregularities keep on quite well, even though a few things may be a bit odd about their eggs.

I read someone's blog which described a chicken like this. She laid a weird blob, shell less eggs etc and lives on.
Here it is. A bit of a long read, and it doesn't really give answers. I suspect the reproductive organs in this chicken are in a bad way, but she hangs in there.
http://only-us-chickens.blogspot.com/
This was the blob she laid.
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 7:29 pm 
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black wrote:
....on the 1/4 full bag of mulch. One had pooped and there was also this weird thing (or things cos there were several).


Is it possible that this is from the mulch and not from the chooks at all?

There are a number of slime moulds and fungi that produce fruiting bodies that are not unlike those in your picture. Perhaps fungi growing in the mulch bag fruited?

I get all sorts of strange lumps and bumps appear in the tree-chipper mulch that I spread on the garden.

Just an idea..... wishfull thinking perhaps seeing the photo above.


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Grubs, I agree with you - looks to me more like a fungal growth than anything from a chook.


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Is she an Isa Brown ?

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so sorry, i missed this thread when i logged in.

she's still alive and lookign very healthy. i doubt she's laying, but will check her comb to see if it gives any hints. there was another 'devon' blob in the pen yesterday (but i'm wondering if it was from the girl, who is prob 6 months older, so nearing age 4. she's the one i was searching the poop pics for).

i really doubt it was from the mulch, grubs, cos it was on top of the bag, not in it (the chooks sometimes jump up there to lay, but jump on the bag). :)

kazlee, yes, she's an isa brown (bought her before i even knew what they were or even where to buy other chooks. i won't be buying isas again)


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I definitely think it is from a chook. I have had the odd one laid before and the girls subsequestly died (but later - they seem to be able to keep on living at least for a while). I think it is related to reproductive tract problems, whether it be tumor, infection or something else.

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I'd just test to make sure it's not Devon....!!

Slice a little bit off, have a taste, and if it tastes like crap - then it's Devon..! :bolt:

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You have first taste chook tragic :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


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I had exactly the same thing, from Isa Browns (or something like them) bought at auction - "like processed meat with no bad smell" was the exact explanation I had for it. (My old thread is here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=7872).

It does seem to appear more in "older" (18 months or older) commercial laying hybrids, and tends to result in their eventual deaths. On autopsy (one of mine was put down at the vet and she asked permission to autopsy, which of course I supplied), tumours tend to be found in the reproductive organs. It appears to be a side-effect of breeding chooks to do nothing but lay, and turns up even in free-ranged versions of the commercial layers.

It is possible that one of your Isas won't live as long as the others, and is unlikely to lay much, if at all. Of course, in line with other posts above, she'll just as probably live for another decade :)

However, she will still scratch, eat, and provide droppings, and will live a good life. If she dies earlier than expected, it is absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the life and care you have given her.

(When mine died, I was guilt-ridden and distraught because a creature in my care had died. Knowing it wasn't my fault, being reassured by the BYP people here, made the pain much easier to bear. So I try to pass that soothing on to others ... ).


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