change of behaviour advice please

jellyfish147

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Mar 29, 2013
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Hi, i have 3 bovane browns that are young girls, been laying about 2 weeks now
I get one egg each from them a day every day
All 3 laid this morning
I let them out this afternoon to roam the garden as i was doing some DIY
and noticed one had come and laid down next to where i was working quite closely
This seemed a bit strange as they can be quite exuberant when i let them out
Anyway i thought no more of it but then noticed she was carrying her back arched like and within ten minutes had laid a second egg for the day paper thin shell but it was formed enough to pick up (barely)
I got told when i got them that this can happen and not to worry too much so i just kept my eye on her
About an 90 minutes later she was back in her coop the other 2 were pecking around and she was sitting in the sand looking a bit sorry for herself
I looked away and looked back and she had laid a THIRD egg !!!!
This was also formed albeit very thinly but had a strange long white strand coming from it
I looked to see if it was a worm but it wasnt
Obviously im a bit worried
Shes eating and drinking ok still]
Im fairly clueless as to what to do...if anything??
If someoen out there far more educated than me on it could give some advice id be massively grateful...thanks
 

Chambertin

Songster
7 Years
Jul 6, 2012
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Educated I am not, but help I can try to offer.

The tadpole (or sperm) eggs are something that happen from time to time. Just kinda laugh and ignore.
However if its not a young girl still getting her inner egg machine sorted out these eggs show she is getting sick, or just coming off from a rough time being sick.

Our smallest silkie always had some mini eggs or tadpole eggs when she went bonkers and stressed herself out. So it happens.
However 3 in one day is pretty extreme.
Has she shown any outward signs of sickeness? Droopy standing around behavior for more than a couple hours (think at least one day)? Really strange looking poo (yellowy, greeny, STINKY, not the normal once a day hot mess poo, but every time)? If that's the case the odd eggs were her clearing the ovaduct in preperation for a tough fight against a bad bug.
If not, then she was just egg farting in a very unique way and you shoulda kept the eggs for funny chicken story bragging rights!
 

jellyfish147

In the Brooder
6 Years
Mar 29, 2013
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hi there, thanks for the reply
Theyve only been in lay about 3 weeks ( i have 3). Before this situation they had been fine
spirits
In fact id been quite suprised that all 3 had given me an egg daily
I wasnt too worried about the 2nd egg it was the 3rd so quickly that really set my alarm bells ringing.
This was Thursday last week. I awoke friday to a yolk in the nest box plus one normal egg
and friday evening a paper thin shell egg in the run ( she didnt want to go to bed and was looking rather sorry for herself)
Saturday she didnt lay but seemed totally fine and perky
Sunday and today she laid perfectly and looks as fit and happy as the other two
So hopefully its as you say, young girl getting used to laying etc and not the later as it wasnt the best thing to watch her acting this way
but she seems fine last two days,Time will tell...
but many thanks for your input Chambertin
 

Chambertin

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Jul 6, 2012
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Glad to hear she's back on track.
It could have been something like the chicken version of a cold, thats what usually happens.
Egg laying gets a little wonky then snaps back to normal. -The chicken version of calling in sick to work
Still with a pullet it could be her insided getting reset to make even better eggs.

Take care and enjoy the eggs!
 
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