Egg yolk in thin membrane found ....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Luther465, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. Luther465

    Luther465 New Egg

    Jan 18, 2010
    I'll start from the beginning..... A few days ago some of my hens got into the barn where they should not be. In their area I've cleaned everything up and covered old paint etc.. But in the rest of the barn (it is a very old barn) there is definately things they should not be eating. So the weather was cold and they got into the "restricted area" I found one up on the old work bench roosted and pecking at all this white stuff. I'm thinking it was old calcium chloride. So, of course, I took her down and shooed everyone out. We secured the entrance so they could not come in while free ranging again.

    Then the two days later one hen's comb was very gray. She was acting normal, walking around, scratching, eating and drinking. I figured this is the one who ate the calcium chloride. After two days of watching her and the rest her comb started to get more red again. Egg production had been normal during this time. The girls are young - this is their first winter and some are in moult. I think they are all laying but not sure. I have 13 hens and get 6-10 eggs a day.

    Then yesterday I got an egg that had a very thin membrane/shell. It was laid late in the day. And this morning when I went out under their roost with the poop pile was a yolk that was in a thin membrane only. It must have been laid/pooped out during the night or dark of the early morning because it was undisturbed. So finally the question - do you think one of the birds is sick? Or is it just the calcium chloride working through the system?

    I don't know who lays which eggs I just collect them through the day while I visit the girls. They have free choice oyster shells available and laying pellets, also plenty of water. Thanks for the input!
  2. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Thin shell/no shell eggs are quite common--usually seen in new layers. My girls usually get to them before I see much of them. Sounds like you are lucky, in that it appears she has processed whatever she ate without terrible repercussions. Keep a close eye on them.
  3. Mandalina

    Mandalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    One of my girls did that too and i got so upset about it i called the country vet who seems to now think i am nuts lol. He said it is normal for the first few months of laying to get some odd eggs.

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