Is this what I think it is?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 65browneyes, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Songster

    Mar 2, 2007
    I have a Black Sex Link who I suspect to be the layer of the "brittle" eggs I've been finding of late. The eggs are fully formed, have a 'normal' shell, but I think she's stepping on and breaking them as she leaves the nest. I do keep oyster shell out. I have 3 of these hens, and the shells of their eggs have always been thinner/weaker than the others.

    I went down to check on everybody just a short time ago, and found this on the 'boardwalk' in front of the nest boxes.


    The outside of it appears to be an immature shell, and the inside looks similar to the pictures I've seen of immature eggs. It's soft and moist.

    If this is an example of an immature egg, what are the causes?

    Thanks for giving this some thought.
  2. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    That looks like an alien egg! [​IMG]
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Wow, I have NO clue! I hope someone with an idea on that tell ya soon! Now I want to know!
  4. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    I had a sexlink lay an egg like that about a week and a half ago! I was going to collect the eggs after i fed them,when i went back to the eggs a hen had steped on it and cracked it,i went to pick it up and the shell was like brittle paper.
    I do not know what caused it, i just thought it was a calcium difficientcy,??:|
  5. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    [​IMG] OMG......I am glad i dont have sex-links.
  6. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    they need much more calcium or they are just beginers in laying
  7. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    The rooster did it!!! [​IMG] Yep, it was the roo......
  8. akcskye

    akcskye Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    I would agree on the more calcium statement.

    Don't feed these shells back to them, they're obviously not much in the way of calcium, anyway.

    I'd go buy some eggs (unless you have others laying proper eggs) and break them and dry them out and feed them back to them along with the oyster shell.

    Now, don't try this unless you hear confirmation of someone doing this and it being safe...but someone told me you can crush TUMS in their feed for extra calcium? Is that correct?

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