Huge egg-- now she's not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pipistrelle, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. pipistrelle

    pipistrelle Hatching

    Aug 1, 2010
    Willamette Valley, Oregon
    Hi all,
    I am new here so please forgive me if this topic has been covered before. I searched the forums but couldn't find my exact question.

    I have a Rhode Island Red who laid a GIANT egg about a week ago, and hasn't laid since.

    I don't know if she's still recovering her calcium needs, or if she may have torn something or recieved some sort of internal injury from laying the huge egg.

    Details: the egg was about 2 1/2 times as big as her usual eggs, it had a double yolk, and looked "veiny" all over.

    She usually lays an egg about every 36 hours or so, which often have one or two "veins" on them.
    She has access to oyster shell & occasionally gets yogurt or other dairy for treats.

    She's still acting normal, eating fine, and goes up to the nest box frequently, but hasn't laid in 7 days.

    Help Please! thanks

  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    How old is she? If she is young, it's not all that uncommon for pullets to lay double yolkers and also lay sporadically while their repro tract is getting "on line"...


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  3. mcqueen420

    mcqueen420 Chirping

    Dec 17, 2009
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    I had a Rhode Island Red do the same thing. She was about 2 years old laid pretty much every day. Every now and then she would lay a double yolker but this was bigger. This was a while ago but I remember the egg was pretty odd as well. She never laid another egg. She was never the same again either, and eventually I had to put her down. I'd give her time though this may not be the case with your girl. [​IMG]
  4. pipistrelle

    pipistrelle Hatching

    Aug 1, 2010
    Willamette Valley, Oregon
    Thank you both for your replies.

    She's over a year old, so its not a "new layer" issue.

    We're on to day 8 today, and she's finally laid again. Normal size/color.


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