Eggs with yolk all over them.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by newchickenmommy, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. newchickenmommy

    newchickenmommy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 laying hens, and one of them is laying eggs with no shell AND no membrane (I think). It started about amonth ago.

    There is always a mess in the nest, egg white and yolk, and it is generally all over a good egg. I am gone to work all day while it is happening, so I can't tell who is having issues out there, but one of them is. I wonder if the hen is having issues while laying a good egg, or if a hen is laying a shelless egg on top of a good one, so it just gets all over the good one.

    Either way, it's grose. I am always cleaning out the nest boxes so they don't stink like rotten egg.

    They are free range, but I live in MN and of course, winter just ended. I feed them layer pellets, and scratch and they have greens regularly. What the heck.

    I do have a Rhode Island Red who is really runty. She is so small I wonder if her eggs are too big for her, or if there is something wrong with her. Can't tell. She seems fine otherwise. I'm not sure if its her, just a hunch.

    Has anyone had this problem before?
     
  2. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Lately, seems like I have heard a lot about shell-less and thin shelled.

    I had some for awhile. I added vitamin D-3, and tried to boost calcium too. My shells from the particular hen have been good lately, although today's had a puncture, not sure if it was a foot going through or if she is trying to eat eggs.

    apple cider vinegar helps the chicken's digestive system have the pH to absorb nutrients, like calcium. 1-tablespoon to 1-gallon of water.

    Lots of crushed oyster shell free choice, their own egg shells crushed and fed back to them if you choose to.

    I take a D-3 tablet and crush it on the counter, mix it with some feed that I put some water on to make sure that the D-3 powder will stick.

    Use your layer ration that contains the most calcium and hold off on treats that don't contain calcium. It takes a little while but that may help the shell problem. I think that your insight is correct too--- it could be an abnormality with just that one chicken. You may want to remove her from your flock if that turns out to be something uncurable, as sad as it may seem.
     
  3. Kadjain

    Kadjain Chillin' With My Peeps

    Whenever I find egg yolk/white on other eggs it is because a chicken broke one of the eggs that was in the box before she got in to lay her egg. Mine will eat most ot the broken egg and all of the shell leaving no clue what happened, until I saw it happening.
    That's my experience but I suppose there are other reasons for it.
     

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