My chicken laid an egg with a weird design (yes design!) on the shell - why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wendyb, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. wendyb

    wendyb New Egg

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    I have three sex linked (Golden Buff) hens that started laying eggs in August. One routinely lays larger eggs than the other two that sometimes have two yolks
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    and today she laid this egg with a sun design on the shell. It is actually ridged and a perfect sun the way my daughter draws suns on her pictures. Does anyone know what caused this?
     
  2. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    Looks like you have an artistic girl in your bunch [​IMG]. Other than that I got nothing. Never heard of it before.
     
  3. lonnyandrinda

    lonnyandrinda Overrun With Chickens

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    This summer with the blistering heat I had a hen laying eggs with almost a crackle finish on them- not hairline cracks, just a design, and they were extra thick shells. Several people suggested it was due to the heat, and possibly a calcium deficiency as well.
     
  4. Grateful Dad

    Grateful Dad Out Of The Brooder

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    nice manicure
     
  5. wendyb

    wendyb New Egg

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    Haha. The nails do look pretty good in the pic, but I am more interested in how this happened. I am new to chicken keeping and we're so in love with our sweet girls. Some of their eggs have had little calcium deposit bumps on their shells, but I can find no information on what would cause this. I'm just wanting to make sure she's okay. I've read some posts talking about mineral deficiencies causing problems with egg laying and I want to make sure I'm doing the best for them.
     
  6. wendyb

    wendyb New Egg

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  7. albie1834

    albie1834 Out Of The Brooder

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    is it jesus
     
  8. Snowypinesridge

    Snowypinesridge Out Of The Brooder

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    Generally this occurs when the birds are not drinking enough water. It is though a cool design!
     
  9. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    MsB, are you stalking me?

    I read some where that it is mineral, illness, or water that can cause rippled... But the sun? Well, aside from that, how is the shells thickens? I personally would blow it out and keep it!
     
  10. suki'smom

    suki'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG I got one very similar to that from one of my Welsummers! I'll post a pic tomorrow :)
     

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