Eggs covered in poop!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RM44, May 31, 2010.

  1. RM44

    RM44 Songster

    Jul 15, 2009
    Woodstock, Georgia
    So I have 11 hens, and I think somewhere around 7-8 of them are laying. I think 2 just started, and are laying poop smeared eggs. Most of my hens are polite enough to lay in the nest boxes, but each day for the last week I've found 2 eggs laid right in the coop floor, no where near the egg boxes, and the eggs themselves are covered in poop smears all over the shells. Is this a sign of a new layer? Or a sign of a problem with laying? There's no pile of poop on or around the egg, but the eggs themselves are in the middle of the coop floor and encrusted all around with poop. What gives?
  2. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

    Jul 14, 2008
    Stamping Ground, KY
    My wyandottes have big feathery butts. So...poop gets stuck there sometimes. When they lay, it sometimes gets smeared on other eggs or their own. When a hen lays, the bowel is pushed closed at the vent by the force of the egg.
    Hope this helps

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