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Help why I am getting a Jelly Bean Egg

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Hi-I have a sex link laying hen.  I got her from a farmer who said she was 24 months however I think she is older.  I have had her for about a year along with two other younger hens.  At first she was laying great.  When winter cam and the weather got cold she started to molt and stopped laying.  Recently she started laying again and her eggs have been coming out looking like a large jelly bean.  Sometimes the egg shells are weak and crack other times the shells are normal.  When inspecting the egg he yoke is normal and it tastes great.  Any thoughts on why this is happening ?  thanks

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My thoughts are they are from her being older, sometimes the older hens lay odd eggs. Otherwise stress can cause all kinds of different egg problems. Most sex links are done laying by 2-3 years old. Your girl probably had old equipment that doesn't work quite right.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 4

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RSL's are pretty played out by age 3...which is the least your girl could be if indeed she was 24 months when you got her.

 

I have found that my older hens will lay really odd eggs after a molt and then usually settle in again in a couple of weeks. Each time it takes a bit longer for them to regain good quality as they age.

 

Be sure she has enough calcium and nutrients in a good layer feed.

 

If these type eggs continue, and everyone looks and acts healthy including her, then her equipment is just aged.

 

Do listen for any wheezing, nicking, runny nose or eyes. Odd shaped eggs can also indicate disease such as Infectious Bronchitis or Newcastle....but I think it is likely just an old hen.

 

I'll link a good egg quality chart which lists egg problems and likely causes.

 

LofMc

 

http://www.alltech.com/sites/default/files/alltech-egg-shell-quality-poster.pdf

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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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thanks for your advice

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