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Immature Or Defective Shell Gland

Immature or Defective Shell Gland Overview


Hens may have an immature or defective shell gland, causing them to not lay or to lay irregular eggs.

Clinical Signs

Misshaped eggs
Calcium deposits on eggs
Calcium coated eggs
Speckled eggs
Shell-less eggs

Diagnosis

  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Radiography

Treatment

Surgery : Talking with your veterinarian about spaying the chicken may be the best alternative, depending on the extent of the defect.

Prevention

Scientific References