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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AngelRed, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. AngelRed

    AngelRed Hatching

    Aug 28, 2013
    Hi, everyone! I'm new to chickens but not BYC. I've been lurking for a year and reading up on raising chickens so I would feel better prepared for when I get my girls, which finally happened last week!

    My husband and I are excited to have our 5 Backyard Browns. He spent almost a year, with many interruptions, building our coop, but our girls are so worth it. We set up a web cam so I can keep an eye on them, and on days I work from home, I seriously consider taking my laptop out to work from a lawn chair just so I can hear them talking to ech other.

    I'd like to thank all the posters on BYC for all that I've learned along the way. I felt much better prepared for setting up feeding and watering systems, protecting my chickens from predators, and just generally keeping them healthy.

    I do have a question about an odd egg, so I thought I'd toss it out here. We've had 8 eggs so far, but today one came out with a cloudy, white membrane around it. Under it was the usual hard shell. I don't know which chicken laid it, but no one seems to be in distress at the moment. I've tried to find out what the membrane means, but I'm not having any luck finding what it is. Any thoughts?
  2. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Crowing

    Apr 5, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! And congrats on your first chickens :)

    How old are they? Sometimes in the beginning an odd ball is layed. What are you using as feed?
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. I wouldnt worry about the odd egg. It happens sometimes especially when hens first start to lay.
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    X3 If these are young birds, sometimes it takes a while for them to get their egg laying machines in gear. If this is an adult hen, sometimes funky eggs to happen. Keep an eye out and if it becomes a habit with one of them, you may want to figure out who is laying this egg and get down to the bottom of the issue.

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
  5. AngelRed

    AngelRed Hatching

    Aug 28, 2013

    So far they are getting only the Dumor poultry layer crumbles, and a tomato wedge as treat and to see if any of them would like it. The girls are about 26 weeks old, so they are fairly new to egg laying. Should we pitch the egg, or are oddballs OK to eat? We can certainly live without it, but I don't want to needlessly waste it, either.

    Wow, you all are fast! It took me this long to respond, anthere were two other posts already. You all are quite a helpful bunch. :)
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2014
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! The odd egg should be fine to eat. New layers especially will lay a lot of odd or funny eggs, always a surprise.
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You've received good advice above.
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. The other BYC members have given you some good advice. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  9. Aronia

    Aronia Songster

    Apr 8, 2014
    St. Catharines, ON
    Welcome to BYC!
  10. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Songster

    Aug 19, 2011
    Amery, WI WI/MN border
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

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