I Have NEVER seen this....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crazypoultrychx, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. crazypoultrychx

    crazypoultrychx Chirping

    May 13, 2013
    New Orleans LA
    ok....I have raised chickens for the better part of 8 years and I have NEVER seen what I saw this morning....we had a HUGE egg....now we have had huge eggs before that were double and triple yolkers......but I have never had an egg inside of another egg....the inner one was soft shell......[​IMG]


    [​IMG] Has anyone else ever had anything like this and is my chicken defective.....??
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I have not had that but a few others on here have mentioned it.

    What happened since the inside egg was soft-shelled is that a second yolk got released too early and showed up in the shell gland before the first one was ready and laid. So the shell gland then started putting shell material around the whole mess. I’d guess that inner shell was pretty light colored. The outer one was probably lighter than normal too since the hen only produces so much pigment and it was spread thin on a bigger shell. The outer shell could have been a bit thin too for the same reason, not enough shell material.

    Is your hen defective? How regularly does she do strange things with her eggs? If she regularly releases extra yolks, you will often get double yolked eggs or she will lay two separate eggs in one day. The second is usually lighter in color and thin or soft shelled because she does not manufacture enough material for color or shells for two eggs a day. If this is a one-time occurrence and you are not getting a bunch of double yolked eggs or she is not laying two eggs in one day, don’t worry about it. It is just something that happened. If it is a regular occurrence then you could have a defective hen.

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    Last edited: Jan 14, 2015
  3. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Songster

    Dec 23, 2014
    I have had one similar to that. The soft shell was on the outside with a hard shell inside. When we cracked it open there was not a yolk. It was weird.
  4. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    OMG!, that poor hen! [​IMG]
  5. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Songster

    Nov 30, 2007
    emmet MI
    [​IMG] Yikes! She's lucky it didn't get stuck in her! It's got to be like having 12 lb baby! OOW!
  6. hen madame

    hen madame In the Brooder

    Sep 13, 2013
    Madison, WI
    Wow, that makes me hurt just thinking about it. Poor thing!

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