Egg within an egg *pics**

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mcjessen, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Over the weekend we moved our three girls into a new coop and run. Yesterday when I got home from work I noticed that one of my Barred Rocks Pepper was acting mopey. Mopey chicken=a sick chicken in my book so I let her be but kept an eye on her. Just by looking at her I knew she didn't feel good but she also let me touch her which NEVER happens.

    About an hour after I got home I checked on her and noticed that her back end was very red and swollen. She is regrowing her cushion so she's got a bare patch there. I immediately thought the other two girls had been picking at her so I went into the run to get a closer look. As I bent down, out came an egg. A huge egg. And it was soft shelled. I took it in the house and showed my daughter and hubby. What a perfect opportunity to learn about eggs as part of 4-H. So I let my daughter dissect it. There's what we found. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of the egg in tact before the science lesson started.

    The first layer was just membrane and albumen. Inside that was a full sized egg, soft-shelled but normal sized. We open that and found the normal stuff but the yoke was larger than normal. [​IMG]

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    You can see the two membranes and the punctured yoke. I did a little research and apparently this is rare and now one knows why it happens. I suspect it's because of the move into the new coop and run AND my daughters' friend was chasing the chickens a bit on Sunday. I used this as an great example of a) the egg laying process and b) a HUGE reason not to chase my chickens.

    After we checked on the BR again, I caught her and put her in the coop. She immediately went into the nest box and was still there when the girls went to bed last night. I assume she's still there now, I haven't checked yet this morning.

    Anyone have any idea how long it takes for recovery from something like this? I hope she's ok and perks back up soon.
     
  2. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    i have heard this can happen when the eggs goes up the tube once in progress of leaving and then the second yolk comes down pushing the first one back again and developing around the first one


    depending how far it gets you can get double eggs with the second inner egg having a shell


    why it happens no one knows
     
  3. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From the research I did last night, that's exactly what happened. It's very strange. I hope she recovers quickly.
     
  4. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just thought I'd give an update - Pepper was up and rearing to go this morning when I let the girls out. Apparently she needed to sleep off the trauma of laying this egg.
     

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