Jersey Giant laying egg yolk with regular egg.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Herdcutter, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. Herdcutter

    Herdcutter Songster

    Apr 8, 2014
    Northern Michigan
    I have a question. I have a Jersey Giant. It took me awhile to figure out who was laying double yolkers, but it is our biggest girl. All spring I fed pelleted layer. And then, I had a duck get lame, so I've switched to Flock Raiser and added oyster shell for the hens. OK, so all spring, I would find no shell eggs that were consumed. After I added the oyster shell, we had the biggest double yolk egg ever. Since the oyster shell, no more soft shells. So I guess that girl needed more calcium than the others.

    This morning, I collected an egg that was coated in yolk. And there was yolk painted on the shaving. I found the girl with the yellow butt and it was no surprise who it was. So I guess, she had a yolk in the canal in front of the egg with the shell. Is that yolk residue going to cause issues?

    Any questions?
  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    When I find yolk residue it usually means an egg was broken and eaten, I don't think it's possible for them to lay a yolk only, perhaps your girl sat on what was left from a broken and eaten egg.

    Many younger hens will lay double yolk eggs, as well as an occasional shell less egg. Switching from a lower protein layer to a higher protein all flock would boost production, it's one reason I don't feed a layer anymore.
  4. Herdcutter

    Herdcutter Songster

    Apr 8, 2014
    Northern Michigan
    This was an egg coated in yolk and yellow on the shavings. No egg membrane like I usually find. And the egg was warm, so I collecting right after she laid it. I looked for the yellow butt and it was the same girl that has been laying the doubles.
    It's weird. All I can figure is there was a yolk and possibly it broke before the real egg was laid.


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