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My hen layed two eggs in the same day!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by salt and pepper, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    One of my hens has consistently taken a day off, then layed two eggs the next day! She has done this twice so far, so I have four of her eggs in three days! I have never heard of this? I know they are her eggs because of the color. Has this ever happened to anybody else?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    It can happen. I’ve never noticed it but I usually have enough laying I wouldn’t.

    What happens is that the hen accidentally releases two yolks instead of one. If the release is at the same time you might get a double-yolked egg or you might get two eggs. If the release is separated a bit, you will get two eggs the same day. Usually they take the day off after they do this, not the day before.

    Often (not always but often) the second egg will not have as thick a shell as the first one. The hen’s shell gland only makes so much shell material and the egg spends a whole lot of time in the shell gland getting the shell laid on. Sometimes there is not enough material or time for the second egg to get a good shell.
     
  3. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you for your answer! I was curious on how this happened.
     
  4. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks also for the info, I have a quail that has been laying like that for many months.
     

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