Egg Covered with Yolk on Outside

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KatGold, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. KatGold

    KatGold Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    I have two green egg layers. For two days in a row, I have found an egg (probably from the same chicken, but I cannot be sure) that were covered in yolk.

    I have a roll away next box, so it's rare (though possible if one gets stuck) for a chicken to peck an egg.

    So when if first happened, I thought an egg either got stuck and eaten thus making a mess on the other egg, or more likely the covered egg was cracked on the way down and somehow managed to get egg all over itself (also strange because when that's happened in the past it just seeps out rather than covering the entire egg).

    Day 1, I just gave the yolk covered egg to my dog thinking it was cracked.

    Day 2, I seriously scratched my head. I washed it out and can find no crack.

    What's shaking here folks? Is it possible that it was ready to come out and then went back in (like a double shelled egg) and got covered in albumen and yolk then came out again all messy?

    Could that possibly have happened two consecutive days?

  2. vishnu kokareko

    vishnu kokareko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2012
  3. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    The only time that happened to me they had squashed another egg to pieces which soiled the other eggs. But I found shell and other traces of that. If you don't see that, I have no clue what might have happened.
  4. KatGold

    KatGold Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    To be sure, there was no evidence of another squashed egg on either day. Not a trace of extra shell.
  5. My vote is another cracked egg.
  6. JusticeFamilyFarm

    JusticeFamilyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2011
    Southern California
    I don't have an answer for you but wanted to say that is has happened to me a few times as well. No trace of a broken egg- no shell etc, but a messy, covered in yolk whole egg with no trace of damage to it's shell. I have been assuming that a hen is eating an egg, but getting it on another egg in the process- which is why I find no traces of the broken egg other than what is on the left over egg- but I tend to get 8-12 eggs a day, so it's hard to tell if one would be missing, etc. With only the 2 layers you have, it seems it would be easier to tell if there should have been another egg or not that day...? Sorry I'm not more help!

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