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How the heck did this happen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickenmath, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Chickenmath

    Chickenmath Out Of The Brooder

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    Found a ginormous egg a few days ago. All I could think of when I first saw it was "OWWWW!!!!

    I knew it was a double yolker for sure, but was really surprised to find this:

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    It seems to have been a soft shell, but I'm confused on the order of how things happened. Was the soft one formed first and just sitting around until the next day when the regular yolks were passing through? Or vice versa?

    Anywhoo, this is what I found inside the 'lil one:
    [​IMG]
    It's so cute!
     
  2. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    I have no idea, but love the little egg. How cute. I feel sorry for the hen that laid it though, poor thing, lol.
     
  3. GardenGal

    GardenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's crazy! Poor girl, bet she was glad to get that out of her system!
     
  4. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    An egg within an egg occurs when the egg is formed and begins to come down the egg canal but somehow reverses and a second egg forms around the first. This one, in your case, happened to be a double yolker. I'm sure this a an extraordinarily rare event. Both the double yolk and the egg w/in an egg are 'mistakes' in the hen's reproductive system. Definitely keep those pics because you had a very rare occurence with an egg w/in a double yolk egg. Pretty cool!

    This website explains this and other "egg oddities".

    http://www.poultryhelp.com/oddeggs.html
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011
  5. Cindlady

    Cindlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow... Some of my girls often lay double yolkers... and 3 days ago I had an egg in a egg.... but not all at once! Very Cool!
     
  6. Fierlin1182

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    Wow, that's amazing... didn't know that could happen! Thanks for posting!
     
  7. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oww is right....very cool! That is rare...thanks for posting a picture!
     
  8. AngelaB

    AngelaB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Owie! Very interesting though!
     
  9. Chickenmath

    Chickenmath Out Of The Brooder

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    I knew it was weird, but I didn't realize it was that unusual! The girls just started laying about three weeks ago and they are our first chickies.
     
  10. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    I hear they do all sorts of odd stuff when they start laying. [​IMG]
     

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