Found this in the laying box today...HELP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kelsie Aman, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. Kelsie Aman

    Kelsie Aman New Egg

    Feb 6, 2012

    It is about 1/4 wide and kinda flat looking...there was also an empty soft cell with it...and a very annoyed chicken in the box...Not sure if she laid it or was just trying to lay...she moved herself to the next box over while I cleaned out the one I found this yucky thing in.

    My stomach is about churning at the idea that it could be a tape worm??..It almost looks and feels like a piece of calamari.

    Can anyone tell me if it is tape worm or just a nasty egg mutation (which I pray it is).

    Thnx Kelsie
  2. GhostRider65

    GhostRider65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2011
    NE Wisconsin
    EWWWWWWWW I think I would screamed had I found that...yuck hope someone knows what it is..........I'll be checking to find out as well.... Kim
  3. snowflake

    snowflake Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 21, 2009
    Belding Michigan
    I'm not an expert but I think it looks like an egg gone wrong .Young layers and old layers can some times lay eggs that formed incorrectly.
    Maybe some one more experienced will chime in
  4. Erinmir

    Erinmir Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2011
    West Alexander, PA
    I'm no expert, but I'd say it is an egg mistake - the one end of the long thing looks like it is yolky, and since it was in a box with a collapsed soft shell egg, it is likely just a malformed egg and nothing to worry about unless, of course, you continue to find malformed eggs, then you might need to take some preventative measures.
  5. FarmingForFun

    FarmingForFun Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 31, 2012
    If you are getting soft shells you may want to give your birds some free choice oyster shell to up there calcium a bit.
  6. Kelsie Aman

    Kelsie Aman New Egg

    Feb 6, 2012
    Additional info I guess I should have mentioned now I have read your responses :)

    The long flat piece not just looks like calamari but feels rubbery too....I have not had soft eggs in the past, but we did change laying crumble brand last week...for no reason other than, we ran out and happened to be shopping at Walmart so picked up a bag there...being a Walmart brand I can not contest to how good it is compared to that we usually get from Tractor Supply that does not require any additional calcium...I do now and again crumble up my egg shells and add it to the chicken bucket.

    My chickens are free range (everything from a wooded area, to my gardens and out in to 55acres of hay fields), they get a scoop of cracked corn each night to bring them in to the coop for the night and they have the laying crumble in a hanging feeder free choice.

    I am pretty sure it came out of the soft shell when the chicken who was in the nest stood on it...she has since laid me an egg in another box, bringing my egg total for the day to my usual 7...I do have a couple of hens that have not laid for me yet, so maybe it is a first timer or one of the "old girls" trying again??

    I was curious if it is possible for a tapeworm to be inside of an egg? Though it does not show compartmentation of a tapeworm like the images I saw on google.
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    It appears to be a deformed egg, and not any type of worm

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by