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First egg rubbery. Normal?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mlecreason, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. mlecreason

    mlecreason In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2016
    I have 5 New Hampshire Red hens. One is laying, and has layed 5 eggs that are small, but the shells are hard, and thick. The yolks are dark, and the whites hold together unlike store bought!

    Before work I checked, and no eggs. After work I checked, and apparently my kid locked them out of their coop, so they congregated onto their bag of food. Underneath one was a rubbery egg. It had broke already, and yolk, and whites were sliming all over the totes the feed bag sits on.

    Is a rubbery egg normal for a newbie?


  2. mlecreason

    mlecreason In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2016
    I should note that they get layers mash from IFA, they are around 22-23 weeks. They get baked egg shells for treats, they roam our backyard and kill all our bugs for us. They have water on demand, and even get the occasional table scraps.
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Completely normal, even if they have adequate calcium available. It just means that the egg production system isn't in perfect working order just yet.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Yep, very common in new layers...can take up to a month or so for everything to smooth out.

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