Are shell less eggs normal for new layers??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hangin Wit My Peeps, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I have oystershell out and started them on layer food when she laid her first egg (which was a perfect hard shelled egg). Is it normal to lay a normal one and than lay a soft shelled one? I can't believe these soft shell ones come out NOT SMOOSHED! LOL The egg inside was perfect...perfect little yolk too [​IMG]
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    From everything I have read on here, it is normal for them to plop out a few shelless eggs.
  3. Michigan Chickman

    Michigan Chickman Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    SW Michigan
    I could always tell when a new girl was starting to lay because I'd get a couple soft shells even though I had oyster shell out as well [​IMG] It seems normal to me. Mine are RIRs.
  4. holliewould

    holliewould Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Planet Earth
    Yea same as debiraymond said, that's what I hear around here too. I haven't seen one yet, and I ain't looking forward to it. I walk into the coop while banging the sides with a stick(snakes), then squint my eyes hoping for a normal egg. I'm sure when it happens though I will be totally caught off guard. I can say that I've had a couple of double yolkers that were a bit soft to the touch on the pointed end.

    Heebie jeebies.
  5. i have had shell-less eggs, with just the membranes from new layers. And then on occasion, for no particular reason, someone will spurt one out. Malfunction in the production line.
  6. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    I just got a shell-less today from one of my white leghorn pullets which have been laying for over a month
  7. vtchickenlady

    vtchickenlady Songster

    Sep 5, 2008
    I got a shell-less one today too. I think its coming from a new layer (not sure who) cause she did it on a poop pile. I just noticed that hubby took out all the fake eggs yesterday. But, we still have some new layers (about 2 left). Should I put them back or will they see the others on the nest and learn from them?
  8. vtchickenlady

    vtchickenlady Songster

    Sep 5, 2008
    Wow, that sounded dumb. What I meant to say was will they see the other chickens on the nest and learn from them or should I put the fake eggs back.
  9. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    It could help...but i don't know because I never used fake eggs for my two pullets. They just seen the nest box and laid in there.
  10. Lady Dre

    Lady Dre Chirping

    Oct 16, 2008
    My hen has been laying for two months now. She lays normal eggs five days a week. Then one day a week she will lay a normal egg and follwed by one to two shell less ones a few hours later. After that she takes a day off and lays nothing. This has been a normal pattern for the last month and a half. I started to get concerned but reading others messages has made me feel better!

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