First egg!!! :D And a question....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by goatkeepers, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Mooresville, NC
    Oh my goooooooosh! I just found our first egg! [​IMG]
    Hubby thinks I am crazy now because I am flipping out over it. :bernie
    One of our three 4 1/2 month olds layed it.
    Hubby wants to eat it, but I wanna save it. [​IMG] I'll probably make it for breakfast tomorrow morning for him. [​IMG] I am soooo thrilled over it! [​IMG]

    Question: With it, I found what looked like an egg but had a "squishy", soft "shell". Is that something normal that happens?? [​IMG] I was really weirded out by it. I thought I had done my research but I don't recall anyhting about that.... I tossed it since it didn't seem like an actual egg. Any insight? Thanks in advance. [​IMG]

    Here's our first egg! The most beautiful egg ever layed! [​IMG]


    My dog thinks it looks scrumptious as well! [​IMG]

  2. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Gloucester, VA
    These soft shelled eggs happen sometimes expecially when hens are just starting to lay. No problems, just make sure they have oyster shells. Nice egg! Enjoy breakfast.
  3. clemson11

    clemson11 In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2008
    you can also crush up your used eggs shells and feed them back to your girls for a good source of calcium, to make their shells stronger..... congrats!!!!
  4. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Mooresville, NC
    Thanks you two! [​IMG] I am so excited. And glad to know that the soft shelled egg is normal. It weirded me out, that's for sure!! [​IMG]
    I can't wait to go down there this morning. Maybe there's more! [​IMG]

    I never thought about crushing the egg shells and feeding them back! Thats a great idea. That way, nothing goes to waste!
  5. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    I have heard about feeding back eggs shells. But I had a girl that would eat eggs. She would peck, break and every egg she could get to. I was always concerned that feed back egg shells might encourage "egg eatting". What are other's experiences with that?
  6. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    I believe it is recommended that you cook or wash the shells first (I microwave) due to the somenilla poisening. It also makes them less sticky. If you crush the shells they won't look like eggs and you shouldn't have trouble with egg eaters due to that.
  7. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    I've heard of some people toasting the egg shells either in the oven, or a toaster oven. The theory is if the eggs and shells don't resemble eggs, then they will be less likely to associate their eggs with something tasty.

    To break the habit you might want to try putting some golf balls or wooden eggs in the nest. They will try to eat them, but fail miserably...

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