Don't look if you're squeamish - Bizarre egg with...chick formation??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Their gram, May 18, 2017.

  1. Their gram

    Their gram Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had hens for years, but have never seen anything like this egg with what appears to be a partial chick formation extending from the shell. It is actually part of the shell. When I cracked it open, there was nothing inside but a regular yolk and white. Nothing extending inwardly from the shell at the point where the head and neck are protruding on the outside. IMG_20170518_115754.jpg IMG_20170518_115449.jpg IMG_20170518_115608.jpg
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Is this from an older hen? I'm guessing a laying hiccup unless it's happened before. Looks like a membrane got stuck on the shell.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    That looks like just a mistake in the egg laying process, common in many hens. The protrusion you see is egg membrane. If this happens more or you see other weird eggs, your hen might have problems with internal laying, but I wouldn't worry if this is the only one she lays. Here is a good article about the egg laying process: https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/common-egg-quality-problems.65923/
     
  4. Their gram

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    Four years old.
     
  5. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Yes, it is membrane that is forming outside the shell from the looks of it. Hopefully it's a one time thing and your hen will be just fine.
     
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  6. Their gram

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    Cut the blob in half? (shiver) Sadly I tossed it in the septic field and I'm sure fire ants have consumed it, but I did break the shell open before doing that, expecting body parts. IMG_20170518_120018.jpg ..there is nothing inside but a regular yolk and white - well, a blood spot...
     
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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Very cool! That's the first egg I've seen that looks like that. Seen shell-less eggs, just membrane, but never a shelled egg inside a membrane.
     
  8. Their gram

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    I swear there is a primitive eye formation and a line where the mouth would open, though.
     
  9. MonicaWA

    MonicaWA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, that is just Frankie. He has a skin condition. frankie.jpg
     
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  10. Their gram

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    How did you do that!?
     

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