Egg with no membrane or shell

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RottenEgg, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. RottenEgg

    RottenEgg Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I have a question that I *think* I know the answer to due to some questions posed by other users.

    Last night my husband and I were working on the chicken run/house and while we were out there, one of my chickens (I'm not even sure which one it was) laid an "egg" on the ground that was just the inner egg. Looked like you'd put it in the frying pan. All of the chickens immediately started eating it and I was just so shocked I didn't know what to do.

    We got the chickens 3 days ago, so I'm inclined to believe it was a fluke due to stress and probably won't happen again. Is this correct? Will she lay normal eggs eventually? Also, I don't need to be worried about my hens eating eggs because they ate the innards, right?
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Shell less eggs are pretty common with new layers and older hens will lay them occasionally, stress, like moving, can bring them on. They are just an egg that didn't take the proper stop in the shell gland. Most of the time they are just a fluke and the girls will lay normal eggs. I don't like it but I don't think there is a real correlation between the hens eating shell less eggs and them eating normal eggs, like yours mine seem to love the shell less eggs. The one thing I have seen occasionally is that it might start vent picking if the hen has a piece of shell less egg still hanging and the other chickens pick at it and wind up vent picking, so if I have some that are laying them, I keep an eye out for that.
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publi...ndbook/16/thinshelled-eggs-and-shellless-eggs
     
  3. RottenEgg

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    This goes for non-membrane eggs, too, right? I can find a ton about shelless eggs that still have the membrane, but there wasn't even a membrane. Confused me. I'm pretty sure the 4 eggs I've gotten have been from my NHRs and the Barred Rock was the layer of the strange "egg". I think I'll just monitor it and chalk it up to nerves for now.
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I see these often enough that I keep an eye on the hen but I have quit worrying about them (mostly) unless the same hen lays them repeatedly over a long time. The membranes are added in the step just before the shell gland, the "egg" is just moving thought the whole system faster than it should. Sometimes they seem to skip more than one step.
    http://curbstonevalley.com/blog/?p=3301
    http://www.georgiaeggs.org/pages/formation.html
     
  5. RottenEgg

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    Great! Thanks! I really appreciate the extra links. I feel like I may never know enough.
     

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