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Itty bitty teeny tiny egg!

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Next to a Bantam egg


Next to normal egg



What's the reason for a standard size hen to lay such a teeny tiny egg? It's so cute and tiny!
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post #2 of 7

It is called a wind egg among other names. Likely it has no yolk and only a little albumen in it.

Sometimes new layers produce them, sometimes older hens at the end of the laying cycle.

Usually it is from some piece of tissue being sloughed off out of the ovary, infundibulum or even magnum that tricks the reproductive system to react to what it senses was a yolk released.

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Interesting! Thanks for the explanation. None of my hens are old, and they have all been laying since summer.  I hope whoever laid it is going to be okay.  I was just so caught off guard to find such a teeny tiny egg!  This batch of chickens has really provided me with quite a learning experience, they have had so many issues that I have never encountered before!!

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post #4 of 7

The first time I had an egg like that show up I wondered who put an acorn in the nest.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #5 of 7

Howdy MESOFRUFFEH

 

As ChickenCanoe has advised, it is a wind egg and yes, there is another name for it ;)

 

I agree that new layers and old hens can lay them but I have also had hens that do not fit into those categories lay them also.

 

The hens are still healthy and laid normal eggs afterwards.  So, unless it continues, I would not be concerned.  I have only had chickens for two and half years or so and have had two wind eggs in that time.

 

I have bantams and both of the below were photographed next to bantams eggs:

 

They did not have any yolk when cracked open and they are kinda cute! ;)

 

 

Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

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My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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Howdy MESOFRUFFEH

 

As ChickenCanoe has advised, it is a wind egg and yes, there is another name for it ;)

 

I agree that new layers and old hens can lay them but I have also had hens that do not fit into those categories lay them also.

 

The hens are still healthy and laid normal eggs afterwards.  So, unless it continues, I would not be concerned.  I have only had chickens for two and half years or so and have had two wind eggs in that time.

 

I have bantams and both of the below were photographed next to bantams eggs:

 

They did not have any yolk when cracked open and they are kinda cute! ;)

 

 

hehe... "flatulence" eggs? lol!  I am not quite sure what to do with mine, maybe make a hole and blow out whatever is in there and keep it.  its so tiny and cute lol. So far that has been the only one I have seen!  I only have 3 ladies laying green eggs, and they have all been laying normally since.  :cd

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post #7 of 7

You don't get very many of them over the years unless there is a problem. Whenever I get one, I save it to bring to my chicken classes.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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