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Can chickens lay a yolk?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by smoon, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. smoon

    smoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 13 hens. Every so often, one of my nests will be covered in yolk. No remnants of any shell, no cracked eggs. Just a yolk in the nest. Why would this be happening? I've never figured out who is laying it. Thanks!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Usually that's a sign of egg eating. They usually consume the shell and leave what appears to be just yolk, so I think that's what you are seeing. If an egg gets cracked or broken it will get eaten to clean up the nest, but it's impossible for them to consume everything.
     

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