Can chickens lay a yolk?

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

  1. smoon

    smoon Chirping

    Apr 27, 2016
    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 Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    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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