I got an egg with two shells today.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by roodle2, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. roodle2

    roodle2 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 11, 2010
    One of my 8 month old Brahma girls laid a very large egg today and when I picked it up from the nest the outer shell cracked. My finger went right through it and I just thought it was a thin shelled egg until I felt something hard under my finger. I took it in the house and sure enough there was a complete shell and albumin covering a smaller egg. I took the outside shell off and washed the inside egg and it looked completely normal. I cracked it and used it in a cake tonight and it was completely normal on the inside also. Has anyone ever seen this and is the hen OK?
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    It's rare, but it happens. The egg when it's nearly ready to be laid reverses and gets another coat (shell) and sometimes another load of albumen before exiting. There's some more examples and pics here if you are interested:


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