first and second eggs. abnormalities

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by darkside1, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. darkside1

    darkside1 In the Brooder

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    This is my first batch of chickens. I have 8 rir pullets and one roo. They All are 21 weeks old.

    I have been patiently waiting for eggs and this past Sunday at around 4-6 pm i got my first egg. It was a very large tan egg and when i cracked it monday morning for breakfast i found it had two yolks!! I checked the nests every few hours on Monday and no eggs. About 9:30 pm on Monday i went out to close them in the coop and i checked the nests one last time and i found a shell-less membrane only egg with the membrane split open. I quickly cleaned the egg mess up and went to bed. From what i've read abnormalities can be expected when pullets first start laying. Is there anything else i should do or just let nature take its course? I am finishing up the bag of 20% starter that they are eating now before i switch to layer rations but i do mix in some corn and wheat to bring the protein level down to around 16-17%. They also have crushed oyster shell free choice. Any advice or shared experience is very welcomed. Thank you!!
     
  2. annav410

    annav410 Chirping

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    I had the same issue this morning. I found a shell-less egg on the coop floor. My girls are new layers (around 20-21 weeks) and I hope it is just a short term issue of starting to lay. Hopefully someone with more expertise can chime in and let us know.

    I am also finishing up the grower/starter feed and have provided oyster shell as choice.
     
  3. nab58

    nab58 Songster

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    I've been reading all the new egg laying stories as I'm awaiting my first egg and the consensus it that Shelley's eggs are common for new layers. Offer them ground egg shell and/or calcium and let Mother Nature do her thing.
     

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