Egg without a shell?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ggardner55, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. Ggardner55

    Ggardner55 In the Brooder

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    I know it sounds weird (or at least it does to me). My 26 week old Easter Egger has started laying some of her "eggs" by the air conditioner. I don't know if it is because it is a cooler place with the water condensing on the concrete slab, but anyway, these "eggs seem to be covered by only a membrane and not an actual egg. They then get stepped on and squished. It is not done on consistent days, but the rest of the time, she lays her eggs in the nesting box with the other hens. Anyway idea what is going on?
     
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  2. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

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    Either she can't wait and someone else is in the nest or she'd rather lay her egg there for one reason or another.

    If she's a newbie rubber eggs can be normal as they work out all the kinks. Do you provide oyster shell for your flock to have as needed?
     
  3. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    That's common with pullets.
     
  4. Hcchic

    Hcchic Chirping

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    Hi everyone i think im having sort of same issue, but with a 19 week cross something rock i cant remember. She is huge! But she just started these small pink looking eggs that u cant even pick up the squish!
    But oyster shells?
     
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  5. FluffTheDuck

    FluffTheDuck Duck love is recognizable in any language

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    This is common with pullets.

    That means they just don't have enough calcium in their diet to produce the shell... Since the shell is made out of calcium. In other words, low/no calcium = no shell. You can decrease the chances of the shell less egg by putting oyster shells, even their own egg shells in their food. This will decrease chances of it happening again. :) hope I helped.
     
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  6. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

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    Most people just offer the oyster shell on the side. If you're feeding a layer ration just put a dish of OS out and they'll have at it as needed. I dump the bag and replenish when necessary and don't give my flock layer feed and have no problems after their bodies figure it all out.

    Rubber eggs are very common with new layers.
     
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  7. Ggardner55

    Ggardner55 In the Brooder

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    Thank you all for your input. I'll stop by the feed store after work and pick up some oyster shell.
     
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