1st egg a disaster...what happend!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GreenSpirit Hydro, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. GreenSpirit Hydro

    GreenSpirit Hydro In the Brooder

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    I found one of my Red Star's in the hatching section of my Eglu and I knew she was putting her first egg out. Later I investigated and found nothing put a yolk covered in ants? What gives? There was no shell just egg yolk. Did she or one of the other chickens eat the shell and leave the yolk? Did she crush the shell to oblivion? Any thoughts?
     
  2. Julie08

    Julie08 Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    I wouldn't call that a disaster. Give the poor girl some credit where credit is due, its her first egg, give her a break and some osyter shells. I'm sure the next one will be better.
     
  3. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    maybe she just layed the yolk sometimes first eggs are different i sugject oyster shell and what is she eating now?
     
  4. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

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    It is pretty common for the first egg to be shelless. It may happen more than once. Don't worry though, she will get it figured out soon. Congrats on your first egg!!
     
  5. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
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    I think it's fairly normal to have abnormal eggs in new-layers. It sounds like she just laid a yolk with no shell at all. I would put out some oyster shell if you haven't already and hope for the best! [​IMG]
     
  6. GreenSpirit Hydro

    GreenSpirit Hydro In the Brooder

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    Been feeding the chickens a "grower" feed from Tractor Supply. Should I give them oyster shells or just start them on the "layer" food?
     
  7. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    I would offer oyster shells at all times for extra calcium. Places that sell chicken feed should sell oyster shells as well.
     
  8. GreenSpirit Hydro

    GreenSpirit Hydro In the Brooder

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    Mix the oyster shell w/ their feed or just give them a separate pile to munch on?
     
  9. BawkinOnTheBench

    BawkinOnTheBench Songster

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    Switch to Layer and provide the shells separately. If you mix the shells with the food, they are more likely to dump more food out when they don't feel like eating the oyster shell. I offer mine in a little cup that clips on the wire; I think it's a rabbit food cup.
     

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