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My hens just started laying. I have a mixed flock. I don't let them free range 24/7 as we have a nice coyote pullulation and other predators. They have a nice sized run to use during the day, and then I let them out about hr before sunset and stay w them. Anyhow today while they were ranging, my brown Leghorn stated acting odd. She kept running around then she squat, and so forth. Finally out pops this egg. It's was very soft, almost transparent,and felt like it was full of warm water. The yolk came out separately. I took a PiC but seem to have problems getting them to upload. Can someone explain this to me? Is there something wrong with her? Do I need to take her to a vet? Does this just happens sometimes? I love my lil girls and want then to be as happy and healthy as possible!
post #2 of 9
Hi Patty,

It is very common with new layers to lay a rubber egg like the one you described. Pretty soon she will get all her plumbing figured out & lay you nice normal eggs lol.
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Egg laying is a strange experience for a hen when she lays her first egg or two. :) As for the soft shelled egg, they are not that uncommon for pullets at first. Good luck with your flock!

Breeds I raise: Easter Eggers, Naked Necks, PROJECT white d'Uccles, Mille fleur d'Uccles, RI reds, Barred PR's, Assorted Cochins, GLW's, Sexlinks, Mutts, and one Lavender Orpington!

Turkeys: Bourbon Red ~ Standard Bronze

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Breeds I raise: Easter Eggers, Naked Necks, PROJECT white d'Uccles, Mille fleur d'Uccles, RI reds, Barred PR's, Assorted Cochins, GLW's, Sexlinks, Mutts, and one Lavender Orpington!

Turkeys: Bourbon Red ~ Standard Bronze

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Ty:) These lil ladies have grown on me. I tend to panic when something is a miss. Ive been giving her some extra treats w calcium like yogurt, and spinach leaves. She hasn't laid another yet, but I'm keeping watch. To tell the truth I think I'm the one running around like a chicken, not them Lol.
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Softshelled eggs are not unusual with new layers in the first month or so...

....and they can act weird when they lay one, no hard shell makes in hard to move 'down the pipe'..

 

The separate yolk would concern me tho, haven't heard of that one....was there no yolk in the 'water balloon'?

I'd keep a close eye on her. 

 

What are you feeding?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Ty:) These lil ladies have grown on me. I tend to panic when something is a miss. Ive been giving her some extra treats w calcium like yogurt, and spinach leaves. She hasn't laid another yet, but I'm keeping watch. To tell the truth I think I'm the one running around like a chicken, not them Lol.
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Do always supply laying hens with oyster shells in a separate dish so they can get extra calcium when they need it. Calcium stored in their systems helps formulate the shells and laying hens do need a bit more. Also make sure they are on a layer feed. The odd egg could very well be from them beginning to lay but it is also a sign of calcium deficiency in established hens.

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You win some and lose some. When at first you don't succeed: try... try... try... try and try again.

 

How to Provide Emergency and Supportive Care        

Maintaining a Healthy Flock

Chicken Injuries & Diseases

Poop Chart 

Emergency Helpful References & Links

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post #8 of 9
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I feed them an organic all natural layer feed pellets and I toss a handful or two of cracked corn in their run each morning. I also have a bowl of crushed oyster shells in their run. In the evening when I let them out they usually get a treat like yogurt...
She has laid 4 eggs since that mishap and they are all fine. So hopefully we are in the clear
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I sure am glad she is laying good now. Mine started laying August 29th, and I never have gotten a soft egg yet, but one day one of my leghorns laid an egg that was about the size of a dime. The kids loved it!

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