Are these insect eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HeirloomEggs, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. HeirloomEggs

    HeirloomEggs Out Of The Brooder

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    I found this Cuckoo Maran egg today which clearly had some bloom coating issues on the way out.
    What was odd though were these hard uniform bumpy deposits that look like they might be insect eggs.
    Or weird calcium deposits? I do give my birds oyster shell.
    You can see in the picture they're external to the shell.

    I get a lot of eggs, but never seen one like this before.
    If anyone knows what the bumps might be, I'd love to hear.

    Thanks in advance,

    paul


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  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Wash it. do the deposits come off?
     
  3. Jajika

    Jajika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From the pic it looks like a lot of extra calcium. Has she laid another egg since? If it looks like that, I'd take her to the vet. Otherwise, it's just odd. And, the advice above makes sense...what happened when you wash it?
     
  4. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The flecks look like pine shavings...or are the flecks the calcium deposits you speak of?
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    They're calcium. Don't change what you're feeding her, it's not from an excess in diet. It's just a glitch new layers can go through. You can get some really weird shells--lumpy, bumpy, ridges, waves, weird shapes, calcium deposits---and then the hen can just forget to put the shell on altogether [​IMG]. It's one of those things you'll never see on store bought eggs cause they screen them--but we get to experience with our very own birds!
     
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  6. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree 100% - it's just calcium which has ben deposited unusually, and is nothing to be worried about.

    - Krista
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Image is not crisp enough for me to rule out insect eggs. Pattern relative to surface discoloration interesting. Do lumps feel soft and juicy when squished?
     
  8. HeirloomEggs

    HeirloomEggs Out Of The Brooder

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    After leaving the egg for a week to see if anything hatched,
    I think I'm gonna concur with the calcium deposit theory.
    The bumps were hard, not squishy.
    Subsequent eggs from the same hen were normal and I haven't seen anything like this again.

    Thank you to everyone for your comments.
    I'm a BYC Newbie, but not new to raising chooks.

    paul
     
  9. Americano Blue

    Americano Blue Mush on!

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    I've had this before and I'm wondering the same thing
     

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