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Full egg inside a different color shell

Poll Results: What do you think caused the egg within an egg?

 
  • 0% (0)
    It was a 2-shelled egg that just happened to be 2 different shell colors.
  • 33% (1)
    It was a broken egg that somehow got stuck to a normal egg in the nest box.
  • 66% (2)
    It was a really crafty hen with a glue gun who was making a work of art.
3 Total Votes  
post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I have quite a mix of breeds, some brown egg layers, and some blue. I had this happen several years ago before the blue eggers, and I thought maybe it was a 2-shelled egg, although that wasn't what it looked like to me. Even then it was a dark brown egg from one of my Marans inside a light brown shell which looked like it came from one of the others. (This is in the last pic with a whole LOT of eggs from when the girls had found a nice hiding place for them in the garage. We knew they were hiding them somewhere!)

 

And the first 2 photos are from an egg we got today. I am pretty darn sure the blue egger did not have a brown egg inside that blue shell. It actually looks like the brown one was squeezed inside the smaller blue shell make it crack like that. It doesn't look like the blue shell could have ever been intact around the larger brown egg.

 

A mystery for sure!

 

 

 


Edited by LestersFlat - 4/20/16 at 11:37am
Husband and I moved from suburban NJ to central NY and increased our family membership from 2 humans, 2 dogs, 2 cats to include chickens (17), ducks (2), goats (9), and pigs (2). Numbers are constantly changing but these are correct as of this minute...
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Husband and I moved from suburban NJ to central NY and increased our family membership from 2 humans, 2 dogs, 2 cats to include chickens (17), ducks (2), goats (9), and pigs (2). Numbers are constantly changing but these are correct as of this minute...
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post #2 of 7
I read about a similar occurrence in my Backyard chickens magazine. The best guess answer was that the bigger egg broke and the smaller egg got deposited on to, or rolled into the broken shell. Hens roll eggs under them as they prepare to sit down on them. So I would think that answer would fit your situation too.
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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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 7

Agrees with OHLD....or someone is pulling your leg.

 

Is that 3rd pic one of your nests?

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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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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post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

No one was pulling my leg, just the husband and me here and he's not that silly.

 

I am thinking you are both correct. This is only the second time in 5 years that this has happened, so it's probably just a fluke that happened when an egg broke and another egg got pushed into the shell by a hen sitting on it. Even so, that blue egg shell is pretty amazingly wrapped around the brown egg. I washed off the blue pieces, and the brown egg was completely fine underneath.

 

Chicken Juggler: The third pic is a piece of our lawn mower that was in with the hay bales next to the garage. We noticed that very few eggs were being laid out in the coop which is about 500 feet away. It has plenty of nice clean nest boxes. We knew the girls were hiding them somewhere, but it took us a week or more to find their hiding place.

Husband and I moved from suburban NJ to central NY and increased our family membership from 2 humans, 2 dogs, 2 cats to include chickens (17), ducks (2), goats (9), and pigs (2). Numbers are constantly changing but these are correct as of this minute...
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Husband and I moved from suburban NJ to central NY and increased our family membership from 2 humans, 2 dogs, 2 cats to include chickens (17), ducks (2), goats (9), and pigs (2). Numbers are constantly changing but these are correct as of this minute...
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post #5 of 7

LOL!!!

 

Looks like there's another 'empty shell wrapped around egg' in the upper left.

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."

Reply

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."

Reply
post #6 of 7
Wow how weird. My friend had something similar when we found a nest of 48 eggs. We found small eggs before from chickens and ducks. Once she had chicken hatch babies and rolled a golf ball near the hatched egg and got it stuck. It looked as if the egg was hatching a golf ball.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Chicken Juggler: There is. That was the first time I saw it happen, several years ago.

 

 

 

Edited by LestersFlat - 4/21/16 at 9:50am
Husband and I moved from suburban NJ to central NY and increased our family membership from 2 humans, 2 dogs, 2 cats to include chickens (17), ducks (2), goats (9), and pigs (2). Numbers are constantly changing but these are correct as of this minute...
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Husband and I moved from suburban NJ to central NY and increased our family membership from 2 humans, 2 dogs, 2 cats to include chickens (17), ducks (2), goats (9), and pigs (2). Numbers are constantly changing but these are correct as of this minute...
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