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Hen laid 2 eggs today, one normal, one soft shell....need to worry?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nicsdimples, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. nicsdimples

    nicsdimples Hatching

    Apr 4, 2012
    My Americana, a 8 months old hen has been a good hen, laying averaging 6 eggs a week. Her eggs however has lots of 'bumps' on it. My another americana, laid smooth green eggs. They are pasture raised, i consider them eating very well, organic chicken feeds, i add yogurt, sunflower seeds, fruits in their diet. They are very happy chickens. Today, one of my hen continued to lay her bumpy blue egg in the morning, later evening, we found a very soft shell egg in the laying box. The shell is so thin it breaks when we pick it up. Can anyone explain to me what happened and is this something i should be worried about?

  2. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    The bumps are probably calcium deposits (I don't know if that's what they're called, but they're hard lumps of the stuff shells are made of) We get those too sometimes, but not every time.
    I did a search to see if I could help, as I personally know nothing about this problem!

    Apparently the calcium deposits are quite common, I've seen a lot of people say their hens do it. Here's a link that might help.

    As for the soft egg, sometimes an extra one comes out once in a while, a bit of a glitch in the works I suppose, it's okay as long as it doesn't keep happening.
  3. gerichap

    gerichap Hatching

    Apr 29, 2012
    I have a hen that has been doing this for quite a while - Buff Orpington. She was very late to mature and start laying and then laid very very large eggs. I cannot say there has been a drop in her production. usually the first egg has a good shell, and then a few miutes later usually she is out of the nesting box - she all of a sudden stands up straight and out comes a second very soft shelled egg - which is immediately eaten. Just now - she laid an egg with an intact shell that was thin but not soft. I have tested her "good eggs" and the yolks do not hold up, they break apart right away. Other than that she is fine - no respiratiry issues, she eats well and acts fine. I thought maybe I was dealing with egg drop syndrome, but I just don't know. Any thoughts of what I may be dealing with?

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