Is this a shell-less egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by coop co-op, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. coop co-op

    coop co-op New Egg

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    I have 2 hens that have not started laying yet (they are both almost 6 months) I found this in the brooding box yesterday. Is it a shell-less egg? It did not appear to have a yoke...
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  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I have never seen one that looked like that. Normally they are egg shaped - just soft and squishy instead of hard. The appearance otherwise does look like an egg membrane though....weird. It almost looks like it has a tail - its hard to get perspective from a photo. It isn't possible its a tapeworm, is it?
     
  3. coop co-op

    coop co-op New Egg

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    oh wow, that would be a huge tapeworm! I's definitely not a tapeworm. Whatever it is, it is like 6-8 inches long. The outside was the texture of the 'paper' that lines the shell, and the inside was filled with some gelatinous substance, similar to the 'white' of the egg - but without a yoke, that I could see! I think I found another today, again buried in the bedding of their brooding box. I have 4 chickens total, 2 that I bought already laying eggs, and the other 2 that I mentioned that are not quite 6 months old. The 2 that I purchased are laying fine (quite prolifically), the 2 that I hatched look very healthy (if anything, healthier than the 2 I bought). I'm not sure what all that has to do with anything, but I figured the more information, the better!
     
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  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    I'd say that it's an "egg". Sometimes when pullets start laying, they produce some interesting eggs. She should settle down to produce a respectable egg soon.
     
  5. coop co-op

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    Oh, thank you so much, Lazy Gardener! I had been hoping that was all. You don't think she is low on calcium?
     

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