egg without a shell?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lablover, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. lablover

    lablover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday one of my hens laid an egg without a shell. The whole thing was formed, it wasn't just the yolk. It just lacked the outer shell. What caused it?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Soft shelled or shell-less eggs are usually caused by stress, lack of calcium in the hen's diet, or in some cases disease. Occasionally a hen may have a little hiccough in her system and the egg will pass through too quickly and not have time to get it's shell coating. Unless it happens often, I won't worry about it.
     
  3. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    sumi is right. Also, shell-less eggs are also seen in some pullets new to laying. I had a new pullet who laid a shell-less egg, and then no more shell-less eggs.
     
  4. lablover

    lablover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They've been laying for about 5 months now. When they first started, I did have one come out as just the yolk basically. But this one just did not have a shell. They have oyster shells available, and usually their egg shells are rather hard, thick to break, etc.
     
  5. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    It's probably that the egg just came out too fast, like sumi said.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I get these on and off, usually from new layers. She just forgot to put the shell on, not to fret. It's just a glitch and doesn't mean you need to change anything in your management. Now, if it happens regularly, you'd need to look at the specific hen's future as a layer. But a once in a while thing's no biggie.


    I just HATE reaching in the nest box and touching one of those! It's all soft and squishy and rubbery..........[​IMG] they give me the willies!
     
  7. lablover

    lablover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I KNOW! Gross![​IMG]

    I had a feeling that it was just a glitch, but I had to make sure.[​IMG] Thanks everyone!
     

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