Help with strange no shell egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by robpeerson, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. robpeerson

    robpeerson New Egg

    Nov 23, 2009

    I am new to BYC.

    These are my first two chickens. I have one Plymouth Rock and one Orpington. They just started laying eggs on the first of January and are around 8 - 9 months old. The Orpington is fairly regular now laying nearly every other day. The Plymouth Rock however has been having issues. I have found several eggs without a shell in the coop. One was found yesterday with a tail on it!!! Below is an image of the egg.


    I read this may happen when they start to lay but have not heard of too many cases with a tail. Should I be concerned or do anything to prevent this?

    There have been different colored eggs with shells in the coop so I know she is capable.



  2. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
    i have had soft shelled eggs before, but never a tail. i would think it is fine if she has laid eggs before. i am not expert, just thought i would acknowledge your post.
  3. redstars

    redstars Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2009
    south dartmouth ma
    I am fairly certain you have nothing to worry about.
    My girls had a few like that in the beginning. Not with a tail but soft and clear looking.
    They eventually got it rite. Are you feeding oyster shell? If not I don't think it would hurt to add
    some. You can mix it with their food or give it separate. That's what I do I just have a box I made and always keep it full.
    Good luck.
  4. muddypuddles

    muddypuddles Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    Are you giving oyster shell for extra calcium? My hen started laying fine but then laid eggs like yours because I wasn't giving enough calcium. They need extra to get strong shells.
  5. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

    Aug 5, 2008
    Hey Rob,
    Welcome to BYC.
    Eggs come in all shapes and sizes. Young pullets have given us some very strange eggs, some with tails and no shell and even one that had 2 eggs that were connected and had no shell. It sounds like their system is just trying to work out all the kinks and should be nothing to worry about. Just make sure you offer them oyster shell to supplement their diet and the kinks should work themselves out.
  6. Mountain Sunshine

    Mountain Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2009
    Cleveland, Georgia
    We had one egg that looked similar to that without the tail. The other eggs have been fine. I think sometimes the eggs just don't form properly or something just happens. if your other eggs have been fine, then I would think you have nothing to worry about. Maybe others will answer.

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