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Egg with a tail!?!?!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by foghorn86, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. foghorn86

    foghorn86 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 29, 2012
    N. Texas

    I found an egg with no shell in the coop yesterday. That is not totally unheard of. What surprised me, was that this egg had a tail!!!
    Can someone please explain to me what is going on here.
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    My guess was there was two eggs bumping up against each other, and the one came out too early without a shell and pulled the second out too, the yolk stayed or was eaten. This time of year some birds release multiple yolks as the system is revving up for the season.
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I've seen this once in one of my previous flocks. My son was the culprit, he scared the tar out of the poor hen and she passed the egg not very long afterwards. So the cause there was definitely stress.
  5. foghorn86

    foghorn86 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 29, 2012
    N. Texas
    Thanks for the explanation and links.
    I have 13 layers so I have no idea which hen laid the egg, but I will keep an eye out for more strange eggs or stressors that might be causing this.

    Thanks again!

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