Egg sack looking thing....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NewBostonChick, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. NewBostonChick

    NewBostonChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tonight I came home from work and went to close up the chickens.. on the landing in front of the nesting boxes was a weird looking thing.. looked like an egg with no shell? It's all floppy and I did notice what looked like yoke and the membrane soft shell laying on the board.. there were some pine shavings on this, so it made it more difficult to examine.. my girls each laid an egg this AM and have been laying since Oct... Do you think someone was trying to lay a 2nd egg today and it never formed a shell? So far, I have never gotten 2 eggs in a day from any of the girls... (My chickens are 4 Rhode Island Reds, 1 New Hampshire for hens, 2 Roo's that are New Hampshire's) ..
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

  3. NewBostonChick

    NewBostonChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.. is it normal if she has already laid and egg today? Do hens usually lay once a day or some times more? They have been on layer feed since Oct when they began laying....
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    It's rare that a hen will lay 2 in a day, but it can happen. They are on a cycle that doesn't quite sync with days.
    Also in new layers oddities will occur more frequently as they work out the details of making eggs. It's usually not a problem unless it occurs frequently.
    Some hens need a little more calcium in the diet, and/or some illnesses can cause problems with egglaying. I don't think that this is the case with your hens.
    Sounds like your hen just was in a hurry.

    Imp- you didn't squeeze her did you? [​IMG]
    btw- just joking about the squeezing.
     
  5. NewBostonChick

    NewBostonChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wondering if the heat lamp has messed up their cycle.. It was coming on at about 12:20am and off around the time the sun comes up.. last night I changed it to come on later (2am) as it was not bitter cold last night as the previous nights.. I noticed the red heat lamp does wake them up, which I originally thought the red light would not disturb their sleep, but it has.. I know there have been many posts about using a heat lamp and not using.. I guess I just feel like it's so darn cold outside, this will take a bit of the freezing chill off for a little bit of the night time hours.... Maybe this has created some cycle disturbances.. or I may be over analyzing the whole thing.. ha! ??
     

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