Chicken acts weird and then lays the weirdest egg in the middle of the grass. HELP!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MasonHarding, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. MasonHarding

    MasonHarding New Egg

    Apr 27, 2017
    She was fine today all the way to 6:00 in the afternoon and then she started to just stand in one spot and look into space it seemed. I went out to try and pick her up and she stood there and let me pick her up, which is unusual, she usually runs away but i ccan still grab her. this time she did nothing at all, i read of and it said she may be egg bound and i went back out and picked her up and felt around in the back area to see if i could see an egg out the butt or feel one and nothing, then i went in my house to talk to my dad about it (im 16) and then i looked art her and there was this, the pictures below, what is this, i know it is a double yoke but what the heck is the worm looking thing. It came out in a ball and then i moved it and it is a long skinny worm looking thing. Any ideas??

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. It's not a worm, but as to what it is, I don't know. You could try posting on this forum - This link may also help, I'm not sure -

    More generally, you'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

    All the best
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under MasonHarding [​IMG] Welcome!

    That looks like a soft shelled egg to me and the symptoms you described prior to her laying it also fit the profile.

    Soft shelled eggs are difficult for the hen to lay as when her muscles contract to grip the egg, the shell is pliable and therefore, harder for her to grip and push out. Her standing in the garden, not moving is probably her trying to expel it.

    Do you have oyster shell available for your hens? This may be a one of or she may need additional calcium. I have a hen who lays soft shells when she is moulting and I know straight away that she is having trouble when she exhibits the symptoms you described. She usually lays the egg on the roost overnight when she has relaxed.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2017
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC!
  6. Cntry1958

    Cntry1958 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2017
    Somewhere in Maryland
    Hi Mason,

    I also want to say its looks like a soft shell egg she was having trouble laying. At 16 you are doing great learning to care about the chickens and what is going on with her.
    That's show responsibility and its wonderful to see in someone your age. Keep up the great work. Get them some oyster shells that are ground up and give to the chickens also along with there food. This should be in a separate bowl so you can monitor it.

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