Is this normal? First time chicken owner

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

  1. kittykatchick

    kittykatchick Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chicken Obsessed

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  3. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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 link...so 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. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    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....

    Cheers!
     
  6. backyard2104621

    backyard2104621 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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.

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