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Hen laying odd eggs in odd places - Pictures!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Moxiechick, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Moxiechick

    Moxiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About a week ago, I saw our Speckled Sussex hen, Kitty, suddenly stop in the middle of the lawn, and adopt a stance that looked like a little owl. A few moments later, she laid a smallish egg that had a paper thin shell. While odd, I thought maybe it was one of those fluke things and she was just squeezing out an extra egg that didn't have time to form a full shell.

    Today, she was standing up on the picnic table, and the same exact thing happened! She discharged about a teaspoon of clear liquid with a few hints of wispy white matter before laying the egg. I had been taking photos of the chickens, and so had my camera ready.

    Owl stance from the back.
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    A few moments later!
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    The odd egg next to a normal egg from an EE hen. The shell depressed from the pressure of my fingertips, it was so thin!
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    She is the only hen doing this (that I'm aware of). They are fed Blue Seal Egg Maker Crumbles, and get occasional treats - usually fruit or veggies, and a hand full of BOSS. They get to free range in the evenings about 4-5 times a week. They've been getting quite a few Japanese beetles. Oyster shell is available all times from a little hopper. She acts fine other than the odd egg. She went right back to free ranging without a care in the world after she laid it.

    Does anyone have any idea what may be going on?
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2011
  2. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is she? Has she ever laiid in a normal place?
     
  3. Moxiechick

    Moxiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She just turned a year old in July. She usually uses the nesting boxes. [​IMG]
     
  4. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she was a newly laying pullet I would have an explanation. This time, nope. Sorry. Wonder what her deal is?
     
  5. TGreenhut

    TGreenhut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens sometimes does the same. She has layed soft-shelled eggs in the weirdest places! One time she layed one on top of our car! It has always passed within a week or a little bit longer. I would have suggested oyster shells because it sounds like she's not getting enough calcium to make her egg shells strong--but it looks like you're already doing that. Therefore, I wouldn't worry about it.

    I have also read about this being caused by shock or stress. Anything scared her lately? Has something happened that could have caused her to be stressed?
     
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  6. Moxiechick

    Moxiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not that I'm aware of. She is the most out going and friendly of all my chickens, and not flighty at all. [​IMG]
     
  7. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If a hen is a bit unwell for any reason they can lay soft shelled eggs for a few days. The eggs usually return to normal within a week.

    I've just had an ancient Warren (brown egg-laying hybrid aged 5.5...ancient for her type) who laid yolk and albumin without even a membrane for a few days. She was non-specifically unwell in herself. Since then she progressed to shells eggs, then slightly soft shelled eggs, and she is now back to her usual feisty self with rock-hard egg shells.
     
  8. slurrywidow

    slurrywidow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Watching closely to the answers you get because I just posted something similar to this... [​IMG]
     

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