I am getting a slimy albumen like substance on some of my eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cutlass1972, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. cutlass1972

    cutlass1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Recently I started getting a slimy sticky albumen like substance on some of my eggs. I am talking like enough that I see it running out of the drain holes I drilled in the bottom of my nest boxes. It makes "stuff" stick to the outside of the shells like it was glued on.

    Could it be that I have one hen laying shelless eggs and eating the yolk? do chickens sometimes have some sort of discharge when they lay?

    I have had them since March and have never seen this before, it is a new development in the last 3 weeks.
     
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    maybe the eggs are cracking and leaking? Where are you?
     
  3. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I get eggs right after they are laid, they have discharge. It dries after awhile. It's possible that you have an egg eater but I think you would have more physical evidence (like staining etc....) inside the box.
     
  4. cutlass1972

    cutlass1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am pretty sure they are not cracking and leaking, it is a lot of albumen and the effected eggs are pretty thoroughly coated with an even layer.
    I thought of an egg eater, but wouldn't I see bits of shell and at least smears of yolk? This is only clear sticky fluid that glues yucky bots of substrate to the eggs.

    I am in Cynthiana, KY.
     

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