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post #11 of 15

I got my new flock about 3 weeks ago. I got my first egg yesterday and it was broken on the dropping board under the roost. Today there was a yolk on the dropping board without a shell. What's that about? I did put golf balls in the nests but I have curtains on them. I'm wondering if I should remove the curtains for a while. Anyone else experience this?

post #12 of 15

New layers can and will lay eggs while roosting. It takes time for them to learn their bodies signals. Remove the curtains so they can see the nests with the 'eggs' in them. 

post #13 of 15

You were right! The next day it was in the nest next to the golf ball but it was a jello egg. Very strange. First egg had a shell, 2nd egg had no shell, 3rd egg a jello, then nothing on the 4th day. I'm hoping tomorrow brings something good! I have been giving oyster shells too.

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by keltown View Post
 

You were right! The next day it was in the nest next to the golf ball but it was a jello egg. Very strange. First egg had a shell, 2nd egg had no shell, 3rd egg a jello, then nothing on the 4th day. I'm hoping tomorrow brings something good! I have been giving oyster shells too.

That's normal for new layers, as well. It takes time for all the parts of the egg laying system to start working together on a consistent basis.

post #15 of 15

One of my ladies always lays in the middle of the coop floor (silly beast), the others are great about getting into the boxes. One of the hens laid a tiny egg while on the roosting bars once, I think it may have been once of her first eggs. It was pretty funny to find this tiny thing in the totally wrong area. 

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