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gelatinous mess in next box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Taj Mama, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Taj Mama

    Taj Mama New Egg

    Dec 19, 2011
    Hayden, Idaho
    For the past two days I have found a kind of gelatinous mess in one of my next boxes. No yolk, no shell. Can anyone tell me what that means?
  2. kgdubois

    kgdubois Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2011
    West Texas
    When my hens first started laying, I had two girls that laid eggs with no shell, but they had yolks. I also had one that laid an egg with no shell & no yolk! They still had the membrane that held them in shape, but no shell at all. I think if the girls had squished them it would have just looked like a big squishy mess in the box, but thankfully they didn't and I was able to get them before they were squashed.

    I seemed to have many of the strange pullet eggs that I've read about on here with my flock when they first started laying -- double and triple yolk eggs, no shells, regular looking eggs that had no yolks, only white and more :)
  3. Harri71

    Harri71 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 14, 2011
    I had a few of those to start with & now one of my new hens has left some really weird, tube like, eggs filled with what appears to be just egg white. Assuming it doesn't go on for too long don't worry too much.

    As long as they are getting a good source of calcium from somewhere (layer feed/oyster shell/limestone grit) they will sort themselves out eventually.

  4. justus5

    justus5 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2007
    Silver Springs, NV
    You can give the hen a rest. put her in a dark warm place for about a week. Make her stop laying. Give her a layer type of feed and slowly start increasing her light every day. Her oviduct isnt producing the alcium it takes
  5. Taj Mama

    Taj Mama New Egg

    Dec 19, 2011
    Hayden, Idaho
    Thanks for the info. Wish I knew which hen it is. 20 hens, 6 nest boxes, and I can't always tell the birds apart. I'll try to watch more closely.

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