First egg - soft and transparent

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by beachnutx6, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. beachnutx6

    beachnutx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    19
    3
    57
    Jan 29, 2014
    I'm brand new at this - I have 8 hens (4 breeds) that are almost 24 weeks old. One is laying everyday, beautiful little eggs with very hard shells. I have 3 other hens that seem ready to go also. This morning I found on the poop board under their roost, a soft "egg" that was filled with all yolk, the "shell" almost transparent - the whole thing was "jelly like." Looked like she layed it too early, especially since it came at night. Should I worry, or is this just a hen getting ready to start laying?
    Thank you for any feedback!
     
  2. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    With a new layer, that's probably her working through some kinks. Do they have access to added calcium? Layer feed, egg shells or oyster shells?
     
  3. beachnutx6

    beachnutx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    19
    3
    57
    Jan 29, 2014
    They have layer feed but I have not put out oyster shell yet since I just had one laying and I was told to wait.
     
  4. chickgirl12

    chickgirl12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    87
    10
    66
    May 31, 2014
    Indiana
    That's what happened to mine after a few days. You should buy some oyster shells to mix in with their feed. It will cause their eggshells to harden.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    34,659
    7,880
    596
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Don't add oyster shells to feed, just put it in a separate container and they will use it as needed.
    You can mix rinsed, dried crushed chicken egg shells in with the oyster shell too.

    The softshell eggs are not unusual for new layers, it can take up to a month or so for them to get it all in the groove and lay more normal eggs where you want them to regularly.
     
  6. chickgirl12

    chickgirl12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    87
    10
    66
    May 31, 2014
    Indiana
    When I put the oyster shells in a separate container, they knock over the container and all of it spills on the ground. They never eat it off the ground.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    34,659
    7,880
    596
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
     
  8. chickgirl12

    chickgirl12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    87
    10
    66
    May 31, 2014
    Indiana
    Great! Thank you for the advice
     
  9. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    totally normal.... the layer feed has calcium in it. BTW. A small container like Art suggested is about all you need. They will hunt and peck out of it out of curiosity... But a small container of it will last a long time.

    If you get a chance take a look at some of the diagrams available on chicken reproductive systems while poking around her on BYC. Its a very interesting process from the moment the egg is started till its ready to be layed. Young birds or even ones coming off molt will often have eggs that miss a step in the egg production cycle... First eggs sometimes times are soft.... Or have no Yolks.... the no yolkers are offten called Wind eggs, Fart eggs, or even Rooster eggs.... [​IMG]

    deb
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by