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First Egg was soft shelled!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MindyNE, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. MindyNE

    MindyNE Chirping

    Mar 28, 2014
    I have 2 barred rocks and one buff orph. One of my barred rocks laid 3 small perfect eggs (1 each day)so far and seems to be taking a few days off but my buff orph squatted by the door to the coop tonight and laid a small soft shelled egg with no yolk. I tried to get it out quickly but not before one of the other chickens had started pecking at it and broke it open. Should I be concerned about her eating eggs in the future and is this normal for a first egg for a buff orph?

  2. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    Yep, normal. My BO has been laying for over two months now and still lays the occasional soft-shelled egg. It just takes a while for the egg factory to get everything right [​IMG]

    As far as the egg-eating goes, it's unlikely that this one event will cause you to have a flock of egg-eaters. My thoughts are that this was just a case of "Wow! What's that?!" and curiosity getting the better of her. I doubt it will be an issue going forward.

    If you want to add a little extra security you could try putting some ceramic or plastic eggs into their nests. Not only do these encourage laying in the appropriate place, but they also discourage egg-pecking. The idea behind them is that they will peck the plastic eggs, realise there is nothing nice to eat inside them, and therefore not bother pecking at the real eggs.

    - Krista

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