Huge egg something to worry about?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NaturalChick, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. NaturalChick

    NaturalChick In the Brooder

    Jun 24, 2008
    One of my Production Reds laid a huge egg. Some of them have been laying for over a month, but all of the reds have been laying for about two weeks.

    I just want to make sure something isn't wrong.
    It had two large yolks.
    The shell was paper thin, it cracked while I was washing it.
    And the shell was also rough, and had ripples in it, no smooth sheen to it at all.
    It is pictured with large to extra-large eggs.

    Should I worry? Thanks!

  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    No she should be fine but she may need some more calcium.
  3. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Songster

    A post earlier today was told to give them grit. Perhaps to help grind up more of the calcium needed for absorption. Personally...I swear by YOGURT!!! [​IMG]
  4. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    That's one big egg!

    Do they have free-choice Oyster Shell?
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    All chickens need grit to aid in digestion, The grit is held in their gizzard and helps grind up everything they eat. Yorgurt is okay for chickens but not a substitute for grit. Hens need oyster shell to provide calcium to improve the egg shells.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2008
  6. NaturalChick

    NaturalChick In the Brooder

    Jun 24, 2008
    Yes, they have free-choice Oyster Shell, they eat layer crumbles and pellets. And I also bake and pulverize their shells and mix them into their feed.

    We don't give them grit because we have everything from boulders to dust here.

    All of the other shells are extremely strong, it was just this one that was paper thin, could it have been so thin because there was only so much shell material at that time to be spread to cover so much egg?

    On another subject: is "opa" the Dutch grandpa "opa"?
  7. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Could also be a nutritional absorption problem. Do you suppliment with any vitamins.
  8. NaturalChick

    NaturalChick In the Brooder

    Jun 24, 2008
    No vitamins.

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