Egg W/ No Shell??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lovemy3hens, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Lovemy3hens

    Lovemy3hens In the Brooder

    Nov 13, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Tonight as I was tucking the girls in and collecting the eggs, I found one that did not have a shell??? It was the feel of jelly-fish (kind of) and broke in my hand as I tried to clean it up. I have never had this happen before. What causes this, and is this serious? Is my chicken okay?
  2. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Songster

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    I've seen many 'deformed' eggs that (normally) young hens, and older hens lay.

    However 'middle aged' hens can lay them also. Two days ago I got an egg just a tad

    bigger than a quarter [​IMG] This is an accident of the hen's reproductive system and is

    not necessarily an indication of any problem.

    watch this:

  3. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    nah, it's normal. As long as it's just a once in a while thing and not something that happens consistently or repeatedly I wouldn't worry about it. If it happens often, then you may need to increase the calcium available to your hens (adding free choice oyster shell or crushed egg shell, reducing the availability of treats so that they are eating more of the layer feed) or you may need to keep an eye out for a hen that looks sickly as a consistent issue with the reproductive tract that might cause shell less eggs could also increase the risk for internal laying. But once in a while is nothing to worry about.
  4. Deanner03

    Deanner03 The Cake Queen

    It happens from time to time. If it's frequent, I agree with the PP about more calcium.
  5. Willowsong69

    Willowsong69 Chirping

    Nov 8, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Totally normal. Usually happens to pullets and hens starting a new laying cycle. No worries.

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