Mutant Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Echolalia, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. Echolalia

    Echolalia In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2011
    San Francisco
    So far Rosie (RIR) is the only confirmed layer amongst my 3 laying age pullets. I say this because I keep finding the remains of nude eggs in the coop a few times a week, sometimes at the same time I'm collecting one of Rosie's. The shell-less egg never in the right spot - it looks like whoever is laying it is doing so while perched on a roost right over the droppings pit. Rosie always lays in the egg box.

    I've smelled skunk in my yard twice in the last few weeks, so that would explain the fear disruption theory of nude eggs. But why it's always off the perch over the droppings pit, I do not understand.

    On top of this, Rosie's egg laying is pretty irregular - on for 3 days, off for two days, etc.,. Additionally, she laid a total mutant egg yesterday - it looked like something out of the "X-Files".

    To the far right is a store-bought organic egg, the center is one of Rosie's normal sized eggs, to the far left is the one she laid yesterday - ~3.75 inches long. My husband remarked that the mutant egg "looks obscene".

    This what it looked like when I cracked it open.

  2. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Songster

    Mar 15, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    WOW - I have not seen one like that before. However, I have heard that when pullets first start laying, you can get some strange looking eggs. It just takes a few weeks for them to get the factory up and running correctly. I dont think it is anything to worry about based on the reading I have done here.
  3. montanaSarah

    montanaSarah In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    i don't have any pics, but had that exact same thing happen with my hen named rosie! i wasn't too bothered by it because i have read on here that it takes them a while before they start to lay 'normal' sized eggs. plus i always just assumed that no egg will be the exact same size. hope that helped [​IMG]
  4. moetrout

    moetrout Songster

    May 5, 2010
    Milan, MI
    I've had plenty of "torpedos" like that. Nothing to be alarmed about.
  5. cmcgowen

    cmcgowen In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2011
    Looks like a big-in to me. 3 3/4 inches long wow. My girls have been laying for about 6 weeks now and things are starting to settle down. I am getting large size eggs on a regular basis now. The size seems to be more consistant now
  6. smokeater413

    smokeater413 Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    NW Florida
    One of my girls lays an egg like this at least twice a week. I have never worried about it. Just as tasty as the normal ones. I just thout it was normal for her.
  7. Echolalia

    Echolalia In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2011
    San Francisco
    Yesterday, I found the remains of an egg on top of a hay bale. No shell, so I guess that it was the leftovers of another "nude egg". This is driving me nuts!!! [​IMG]

    I really hate the idea of leaving any of the girls in the hen house to figure out who is the culprit, but I don't know what to do! They have free access to oyster shell and the chicken scraps always include bits of cheese, so it's not like they're calcium deficient.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011

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