As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

BIRD RESCUE: Myrtle The Chicken Is Recovering From Surgery To Remove 11 Eggs Stuck Inside Her

A chicken named Myrtle recently had an emergency hysterectomy to remove 11 eggs that were stuck inside of her.
"She was egg bound," says Ellie Laks, the founder of a California animal sanctuary called The Gentle Barn, "not able to push the eggs out."
Myrtle's condition was discovered about two weeks ago during a monthly exam, during which The Gentle Barn's flock of some 45 middle-aged chickens are inspected to make sure that they aren't suffering from any of the conditions that can befall a bird who wasn't bred to reach four or five years of age.
It was noticed that Myrtle was unusually thin. A veterinarian confirmed that nearly a dozen unlaid eggs were "pushing on her internal organs," says Laks. "Pushing where food would have been."

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