Is this normal? First time chicken owner

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kittykatchick, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. kittykatchick

    kittykatchick In the Brooder

    May 7, 2016
    My GLW is my only laying chicken, so finding any egg is exciting. Today she laid her normal early morning egg, probably around 8 or 9. I got home from work and let them out around 3pm. TWO HOURS LATER, she's acting like she has to poop but can't so I watch her and within a minute or two, out pops egg number 2! Only there is no shell! never had any experience like this before. She has only been laying for a month or so, but still. Anyway, a few minutes go by and she seems to still have trouble downtown if you know what I mean. Give or take a few seconds and voila, egg number three! THREE?! Did I mention their again is no shell or rubbery anything, just the inside. She basically pooped an already cracked egg. Is this normal and/or okay? Should i be adding more of anything to their diet? Is this a diet problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  3. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Songster

    Jul 19, 2016
    Ive heard a lot of people with the same problem they seem to lay a lot when they start laying
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Not terribly common, especially after a month of laying, but not unprecedented either.
    The soft eggs weren't 'already cracked', they never got shelled.

    Don't think you're going to find answer in that common egg problem don't jump to any horrible conclusions reading that.

    Any chance she has laid softies before?
    Working all day makes that hard to know, might not even find the 'wet spot'.

    What and how exactly are you feeding?
    Do you have other birds?
    Tell us more about your flock, housing, feeding, etc.
  5. A month is not long at all....The first year is a strange egg year for Pullets....She released two more as the one was getting its shell...As long as she is expelling them, have no worries....

  6. backyard2104621

    backyard2104621 Chirping

    Jul 23, 2015
    The north of America
    My ex hen used to lay like that sometime. At first I was afraid what wrong with that egg. But later I just felt like it's ok if she laid like that sometime. I took that eggs into compost pile.
  7. kittykatchick

    kittykatchick In the Brooder

    May 7, 2016
    The coop
    My Australorp
    Easter Egger
    Gold laced Wyandotte (my only layer so far)
    Their current chicken feed (I started using laying feed no more than a month ago)
    Nutritional facts

    They love eating cantaloupe seeds, which I often provide for them probably once weekly. They also enjoy tomatoes, corn on the cobb, watermelon, grapes, sesame seeds, and the occasional mealworm treats. I love to let them free range whenever I can, especially when the rain subsides.[​IMG]

    My GLW is doing fine today, doesn't seem to have laid anything since the shell-less egg a couple days ago. Her behavior is quite normal. Should I expect an egg in a few days or be worried I haven't seen one yet? She tends to lay daily so I'm just a little surprised I haven't seen anything... but then again, she laid three in one day so she is absolutely deserving of a "rest day"...or two.

    Thank you for all your comments! Helps to keep me sane[​IMG]


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