One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a hen) unable through weakness or disease to expel its eggs.
- ‘You can induce the production of eggs in a female by stimulating her, and if they start releasing eggs, there's always the risk of the bird becoming egg-bound, basically an egg stuck in the bird's stomach, and that can kill the bird.’
- ‘If the eggs are not hard enough, they can get stuck and cause her to be egg bound.’
- ‘An egg travelling sharp-end first through a chicken is also more likely to tilt and wedge, resulting in that sorriest of beasts, an egg-bound chicken.’
- ‘One of my old poultry books recommends holding an egg bound hen in front of the fire!’
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