Jello egg? Now?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Netherworldtaken, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. Netherworldtaken

    Netherworldtaken Out Of The Brooder

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    OUr girls started laying in July of this year. I let them out of the coop this morning and all hell broke loose. I am not sure which one did what because they sort of spaz around first thing in the morning but as soon as i let them into the run, there was a jello egg and then ther was chaos and a consumed egg. I have heard of jello eggs when they first start laying but not this late. Is this something to be concerned about or will we get a jello shell from time to time and are the rest of our normal eggs now in jeopardy from cannibalization?
     
  2. roosters4sale

    roosters4sale Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Nether. I would maybe get some extra calcium ,like, oyster shell. It will help make those shells hard. I hope it gets better.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Could just be a glitch in the egg laying mechanism. Most all of us get an odd egg now and then. More likely when they start laying, granted, but it can happen any time. Usually it just happens, then you don't see it any more, or not for a long time. They do need oyster shell, but if you are already providing it, you are doing what you can, IMO.
     
  4. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually my hens lay in their nest boxes, but very rarely I'll see a jello egg which must have slid out of the chicken while she's still on the roost. I never see them in the boxes. Most of the time the jello egg gets stepped on in the girl's mad rush out of the coop in the morning when I open it up, then there's a goopy mess to clean up in the straw. I try to get it cleaned up before they get a chance to peck at it.

    Once I saw a jello egg in the grass near the coop. Must have been one of the later in the day layers, and it slid out before she could return to the coop to lay. I don't think the jello eggs take as much effort (if any) to lay.

    I haven't had many jello eggs, but they sure look weird! But they cook up just fine.
     
  5. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had 2 jello eggs this year! They were both layed in the nest box, and when I was collecting eggs the first time I found one, it grossed me out when I picked it up! We didn't eat either one----but my kids thought they were weird. I didn't know what they were caused by, but I did start providing oyster shell. I have some young hens, so maybe their age was the cause of it.
     
  6. Strange thing to get a Jello egg but it does happen. I got one this week from pullet who recently started laying, and it was in the yard not the coop. It can happen but it is rare and usually happens when they are young. But weird eggs keep us all on our toes. Grind up your egg shells and put them in their feed as this DOES HELP!
     
  7. Indy acres

    Indy acres Out Of The Brooder

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    I rinse out all of my egg shells and put them in the window to dry then I put them in my little food processer and mix them in with my feed for the day, I do this about once a week and their egg shells are nice and thick, I have never had a jello egg yet and I don,t give them oyster shells either so far this seems to be working. Maybe you should give it a try!! Good Luck!!![​IMG]
     

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