Eggs during molt

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Holly A, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. Holly A

    Holly A Just Hatched

    Nov 24, 2015
    I have 4 Barred Rocks, 3 White Rocks, and 2 Reds. The Barred are molting. I don't know who lays which eggs but have found the remains of an egg or two on several occasions but no shell fragments. Yesterday I got an egg with an extremely soft shell--actually more like a water balloon that an egg--with what resembled an umbilical cord attached. I have no rooster. Is this normal? Could they be laying eggs with little or no shell as they emerge from molt?
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  3. Holly A

    Holly A Just Hatched

    Nov 24, 2015
    Thanks! Great article--I am printing it as we speak!!
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How old are your birds?
    There's no doubt that funky eggs.... thin/soft shells, really odd one...can happen just before and just after molting.
    Just like when they first start to lay as pullets.

    The 'remains' you found is also pretty common...a thin or soft shelled egg is easily broken then fair game for eating IMO,
    the shell or membrane gets eaten up also and you often find just a wet spot.

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