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Please help! my hen just laid an egg with no shell - no membrane at all

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My hen just laid an egg with no shell. it was like she pooped it out, there was no membrane, it looked like an egg that was cracked open in a pan. I'm so worried, could she still have some inside of her? she just got out of a molt and has laid a nice egg yesterday.

please help, I am so worried, she is my sweetest pet

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Take a deep breath.  This happens now and then, while it *could* be indicative of a problem, it is far more likely that, for whatever reason, her repro tract was not firing on all cylinders today resulting in the egg skipping a few steps before it was expelled.  I would simply monitor her for the next 24 hours or so and only if you see signs of distress would any further steps be needed.

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Are you giving her any oyster shell grit? The majority of the shell is made of of calcium and if they are lacking calcium, they can't produce a proper egg shell. She may need more calcium in her diet and oyster shell grit should help with that. When I first got my Guinea hens, I had that happen a bit but once I started giving them the oyster shell, it improved. I have had it happen a few times since then with the younger hens, but they don't seem to have any ill effect from it and lay normally the next day.
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Yes, they have access to oyster shells at all times. I will keep an eye on her, thank you both!

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