Australorp laying shell-less eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bawkbawkbawk, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    My first experience with an Australorp. Such a lovely, sweet bird. She began laying June 4, at exactly 20 weeks of age. We were away the next few weeks so I'm not sure how things went from there. But since I've been back, she has laid two shell-less eggs in the past week, dropping them from the sleeping roost. She has not, to my knowledge been in the nesting box at all during that time so I think she has only laid one "real" egg since I returned two weeks ago.

    I'm providing plenty of oyster shell. The grit and oyster shell are being consumed at an unprecedented rate by someone - I'm not sure if it is her or someone else, but for a flock of five I'm going through four or five times the amount of it as I have in the past. Not sure what's up with that.

    She seems perky and active and interested in food so I don't think she is ill. But should I be worried? I wrote off the first shell-less egg as an anomaly, but another one a few days later begins to look like a pattern...
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Stress or being frightened causes most shell less eggs. If she's doing it at night I might wonder if you have a critter sniffing around your coop at night or mice or rats come to mind. Laying eggs without shells doesn't harm them, it just means the eggs are coming out before a shell is applied which takes roughly 23-24 hours, and sometimes new layers just need time to regulate the system.
     
  3. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi @oldhenlikesdogs She is by far the calmest of the flock so I don't think it's stress. The coop is pretty much Fort Knoxed at night plus gated area around it, but of course, who knows what lurks in the shadows. I hope everything gets into synch for her soon.
     

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