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Hen laying eggs with cracks embedded in them.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JKRopee, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. JKRopee

    JKRopee In the Brooder

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    My 3 year old RIR has laid a couple of eggs that have cracks just under the shell, the shell itself seems solid and smooth. It just has these weird cracks all going the same direction. They almost look like the egg got to big to quickly while still in her body. [​IMG]
    anyway, does anyone know what this is? I'm pretty new to backyard chickens and don't want to miss something important. . .

    Thanks!
     
  2. nab58

    nab58 Songster 5 Years

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    I had one that looked like that this week. I should have taken a picture of it. It was a very large egg.
     
  3. JKRopee

    JKRopee In the Brooder

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    This hen is a little older than the rest of the flock, and her eggs are larger, too. Any idea what's happening to cause this?
     
  4. nab58

    nab58 Songster 5 Years

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    I don't know what causes it. I just considered it a fluke like other egg abnormalities. My hen is about 1 1/2 years old.
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

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    michael1003 Chirping

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    I think it looks kind of cool. Reminds me of marble
     
  7. JKRopee

    JKRopee In the Brooder

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    it is different but I read an article about it and they mentioned that she could be stressed or crowded in the coop. We added two new ladies to the flock (now at 7) a month or so ago, which could explain it. . . so, how does one 'de-stress' a hen. . . my girls are totally spoiled, they free range a 50x80 foot fenced, grassy area, draped with deer netting to keep predators out. The coop itself is easy access and (I thought) large enough for all of them. . . time to re-think things!
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    There are obvious stresses; crowding, new additions to flock, predator encounters, etc, etc.

    Then there are not so obvious(to us) stresses that you will not be able to identify or correct....sometimes trying to correct things you think are wrong can just bring on more stress. They are pretty sensitive to any kind of change in their schedule or environment.

    Sometimes just watching and waiting is all you can do
     
  9. nab58

    nab58 Songster 5 Years

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    Thank you so much for that link! Very informative. I've seen many of those eggs!
     

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