Concern about 3 eggs in one day - two were soft shelled

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pbjmaker, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    One of my red sex link pullets has been laying for about three weeks now. Yesterday she laid her normal egg in the morning and then as she jumped up to roost last night I saw a plop and thought [​IMG] that is a big pile of poop! I also heard something fall. When I shined my flashlight on it - realized it was a yolk. On the floor of the coop was a third egg from her. This one was softshell and attached to the broken softshell of the afore mentioned yolk. It was like they were chain- stitched together or something. She laid a double yolker the day before.

    Is this a hen that is setting herself up for future laying problems? Or is she just working the kinks out of her new system? Her "hatchmate" has laid 4 double yolkers so far also ( so big they don't fit in an egg carton)

    I love the jumbo eggs but worry about their health.
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    In my humble opinion, it sounds to me like she's just working out the kinks. If she were older, I'd be more concerned.

    From my experience, the double yolkers don't last long either--once they get things worked out, the double yolkers stopped.

    good luck and enjoy your eggs!
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree- mine were odd at first, and now have settled beautifully. As long as they are getting adequate layer feed and their oyster shell (whether included or separate) and grit, they should settle...and you'll get beautiful brown eggs...
  4. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    And enough light! Thats my problem and we are fixing it today!
  5. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    We are adding light today - I have other egg layers and never had this many eggs in one day from a single chicken let alone soft shell eggs.

    My other egg layers quit laying and are demanding a light before starting again.

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