Fart Eggs? How long does this stage last?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kiwi Chicky, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. Kiwi Chicky

    Kiwi Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one barred rock hen almost 2years old according to breeder I brought her from.

    She lays a fart egg about 20mm round about every second day. No yolk, but nice strong shell.

    Is she ok?
    Will she start laying big eggs?
    Can I help her?

    They get pellets, wheat, oyster shell, 'chook chow' ( a mix of seeds, oats, molasses, maize etc) and they free range around the house and farm most afternonns.
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    At 2 years shes probally done laying eggs but I could be wrong. Maybe shes just taking a rest has she ever laid a nice egg?
     
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get one of those marble sized eggs every now and again. I don't think you need to worry too much about it unless it's an everyday thing.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    If she is two years old and consistently laying fart eggs, it is probably genetic. I'm not aware of any disease that would cause that, but I am not a disease expert.

    At two years, she has probably been through her last juvenile molt and one adult molt. She should be laying large well-formed eggs fairly consistently and probably at her peak lay rate. After the second adult molt, the production could drop by 10 to 15% (maybe one less egg a week) but the egg quality should be very good.
     
  5. Kiwi Chicky

    Kiwi Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She has laid one nice normal sized egg, that I know of.

    Could she be related to my Rooster?
    The breeder I brought them from - 1 Roo and 2 hens - couldn't tell me if they were related or not?

    Would this cause her problem?
    Should I ask a vet?
     

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