Because hens are selectively bred to unnaturally lay more than 300 eggs per year their reproductive systems ultimately fail. Once a hen begins to suffer from reproductive failure the complications are so severe that their lives are at risk.
Many of the hens here at The Chicken Rescue are suffering from reproductive failure and require a hormonal implant called Suprelorin Implant, that temporarily halts egg production, in order to survive.
These implants are very costly but absolutely necessary. The implants last approximately four to five months before another is needed.
You can help by sponsoring one of these lovely ladies for $35 a month to help cover the cost of her implant.
Georgia was once a "backyard layer" who was disposed of once she started laying fewer eggs. Once here, Georgia started showing signs of reproductive failure. Her abdomen began to fill with fluid and she stopped eating. We took her to an avian vet who started her on the hormonal implant immediately. Georgia is on her second implant and due for another mid-January.
Mia was rescued when she escaped from a truck headed to a slaughterhouse just north of Houston. She began to show signs of reproductive failure within the first couple months of being here. Her signs were slightly different than Georgia's. She stopped eating, began to lose a lot of weight and had abnormal discharge from her vent. She had developed Egg Yolk Peritonitis and was started on antibiotic. It is now time for Mia to be implanted to reduce the possibility of more severe complications.
Maggie (aka Magpie) is a tiny silkie who you wouldn't expect to be suffering from reproductive failure. Even though she is considered an ornamental breed she is not spared from this deadly disease. Maggie started showing symptoms a few months ago. She stopped eating and had discharge from her vent. She was started on antibiotics for infection and implanted. Maggie is due for her second implant at the end of January.
Alix was rescued from an egg farm when when she was two years old. At that time she was considered "spent" and therefore completely useless. Here she is an individual, a feathery little being that deserves every opportunity to live a long, happy life. Now, after being here for over two years, her reproductive system is shutting down. We decided to implant Alix after I found her hunched in a corner with egg material dripping from her vent and broken shell pieces still inside of her. Fortunately we caught in early and were able to stop the progression. Her implant only lasts four months but each of those months is another that she is able to live her life and she is free from pain and discomfort.