Help... Eggs half formed

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jbatchelder, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. jbatchelder

    jbatchelder New Egg

    Jun 12, 2008
    We have been getting fine eggs (one a day)from one hen for about 4 weeks now. She does have a tendency to peck them if she has no food, or tips over her food tray (darn kids dont get there fast enough)...But now for two days in a row there is two eggs in he nest and they are half formed with no shell covering on top and a membrane over the yolk, what is wrong??? I am so in the dark here being new to this and all... thank you
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    What are you feeding her? Does she have oyster shell available for extra calcium? How old is she? If she's pretty young it might just be b/c her system is working things out.
  3. jbatchelder

    jbatchelder New Egg

    Jun 12, 2008
    Shes about 5-6 months old and is being feed a layer pellet food. I dont have oyster shells for her, Didnt know how much/when etc.... Im expecting the other one (we have 2) to lay soon, I dont want the same thing to happen to her too if its something Im doing wrong....
  4. derby

    derby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2008
    Boonsboro, MD
    Leave a dish of oyster shell out. They will peck at it as they need it. In a pinch - boil up some egg shells, ground them up a bit, and put that out until you get the oyster shell.

  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Shell-less eggs are fairly common with new layers. As the others have said just be sure and offer her free choice oyster shell and I'm sure she'll work the kinks out of her egg laying system.
  6. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    also for egg peckers you could put fake eggs or golf balls in the nest she lays in !!!! The shelless eggs are b/c shes young, after giving her oyster shells and after she lays a few eggs the should get better !!! There systems have to get use to egg laying.

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