I posted a week or so ago under "Chicken Behaviors and Egg Laying" regarding one of my EE's laying misshapen eggs. Someone mentioned she could have an underlying health issue causing the irregular shapes. Does anyone know what could be causing this and is it serious? I have used the eggs and aside from their shape they are normal with nice healthy shells. I had gotten 3 misshapen or "slab-sided" eggs and then they stopped... or so I thought! I read that "many abnormalities occur as accidents (no specific cause)" so when I didn't get any more weird shaped eggs I was relieved but yesterday I found remnants of a blue-green egg in one of the nesting boxes which started me thinking. Would a hen with some sort of health issue eat her own egg perhaps knowing there is something wrong with it or her or perhaps to compensate for a nutritional deficiency? My hens are given a high quality feed, calf manna (I read it would encourage them to lay and it's worked great!), BOSS, oyster shell and treats galore. Diet seems unlikely unless maybe the calf manna is too much for her/them? I only have 3 EE hens in my flock of 30. It's entirely possible I have 2 problems: a sick EE and an egg eater but it seems a little too coincidental to me since the only evidence of an egg eater are remnants of a blue-green egg. I am thinking about isolating my EE's one at a time until I determine which one is laying the misshapen eggs if it is indeed still going on and perhaps I will identify my egg eater but I am at a loss as far as what would cause the misshapen eggs. I read (I read a lot) "the incidence is much higher in hens subjected to stressful management conditions, rough handling, or vaccination during production". We did combine flocks about 2 weeks ago. Would this type of stress cause eggs of irregular shapes? I hope this makes sense and that someone has some answers for me. Thanks y'all!