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Hen dropping egg where ever along with soft shell and egg white

post #1 of 6
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I've noticed this for about a week.  Every 2 or 3 days I find an egg on the ground or in the roost along with an egg white and soft egg shell a few feet away.  No one is acting ill.  My first job will be to identify which hen is doing this.  The yolk from the soft egg is inside her.  I know I can find on the forum how to check her inside, but will someone explain here?  What is going on with her?  thanks so much.

post #2 of 6
Sounds like your hens, one in particular, are not getting enough calcium. I have heard that one of the best sources of calcium is to feed the chickens back their shells. Cook the shell (one I saw microwaved hers) then break it into a powder and offer it to your birds in a seperate dish.
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Thanks, they do get their shells and are free range.  I'll look into how to supplement more.....

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What about the yolk still being inside of her?

post #5 of 6
I could be mistaken, but i doubt the yolk is inside the hen. More likely the hen made an egg without a yolk. It happens occasionally, I sometimes find eggs without yolks too. I do not know why it happens so frequently with you. Is it possible one of your hens is not getting enough food? Maybe one of them lower in the pecking order?
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1.  I will watch to see who it is.

2.  Pay attention to the pecking order.  Nasty little order....

3.  The feeder is available 24/7 and they are in and out of the coop all day.

4.  I feed corn and sunflower seed in addition to laying crumbles, kitchen waste including their shells.

 

Thanks again!

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