Every backyard chicken owner knows that some strange things can happen with their flock. One of those are lash eggs. These types of eggs aren’t pretty to look at, and when you first see them, you may not know what to do next. Here, we explain everything you need to know about lash eggs and what you should do if you notice one in your coop.
Lash eggs are red flags
A lash egg is not truly an egg. It’s actually a buildup of puss. Sometimes, lash eggs are a one-time occurrence due to a minor infection. More often, however, they’re due to serious bacterial infections like salpingitis that require immediate attention. The lash egg, then, is a red flag that something is seriously wrong with your chicken, and you need to take them to the vet as soon as possible.
What to do when you see a lash egg
If you’ve noticed that one of your eggs has laid a lash egg, stay calm. While this could be a serious condition, it can be treated. If you take your chicken to the veterinarian early enough, then they can prescribe a set of antibiotics that your chicken should be able to respond to. These antibiotics should hopefully clear the infection from your chicken’s system and they’ll stop laying lash eggs. Soon enough, then, this will all be a bad dream.