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1st Egg Soft Shell!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Alte Vogel, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Alte Vogel

    Alte Vogel Chirping

    May 18, 2011
    S.E. Alabama
    My 5 girls are all about 25 weeks and of course I have been waiting for them to produce my 1st egg. Well, my EE, Lucy, was 1st to produce. Today she laid a small soft shell egg with a hole in one end. [​IMG]
    Why is this? Am I feeding her wrong? They have free access to oyster shell and layer feed.

  2. jpcode

    jpcode Chirping

    Jul 8, 2011
    It is common for the first few, often they are never found because they get broken and eaten.
  3. JakRat

    JakRat Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
  4. Johnboy78

    Johnboy78 Chirping

    May 16, 2011
    My girls started laying in November at about 6 months.
    8 chicks, a surprise package from Ideal, 3 pairs of layers,
    1 pair of pretty. Shells have been heavy duty from the start.

    Today, an egg with no shell. First time. Heavy duty membrane, no shell.
    What the hey? Happens I guess.

    Few hours later...a yolk. No shell, no membrane, no white.
    Just a yolk lying in the straw

    Now that's weird.
  5. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    Don't worry - it happens. Just scramble the egg up and feed it back to her. She'll enjoy the treat. Or you can use them the same day they are laid. The pullet will get past it within a week or so - mine did.

    Here's Snow White's latest eggs - the two white ones on the left. She was laying softshells the 2nd week after she started - but with oyster shell & layer feed she adjusted and now lays beautiful white eggs. [​IMG]

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