My reliable layer laid a soft egg, first abnormal egg---problem?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Carrie Lynn, May 9, 2011.

  1. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Songster

    Aug 30, 2010
    S.E. Michigan
    My RIR or BA, not certain who, laid a very soft shelled egg that got stepped on and torn.
    She has laid perfect eggs since she started laying 6 mos. ago.
    Might stress have caused this? I was working on their coop with an electric staple gun yesterday while they were in a small run less than 20 ft. away. When they were returned to their coop it had been changed (door removed and space covered w/ hardware cloth for the summer).

    Can stress affect chickens in this way?

  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I would imagine that your instinct about it being stress related is probably right on. I wouldn't worry too much about it if it is only one.

    Edited to say: Even if it is more than one. One of mine went through a soft egg "phase" after laying hard shelled eggs and then just snapped out of it.
    Last edited: May 9, 2011
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Mine will occasionally lay a soft egg. I don't think it's a problem.

    Imp- well, maybe it is for the egg. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 9, 2011
  4. eilene1226

    eilene1226 Hatching

    May 12, 2013
    Catawba, NC
    I have a speckled sussex who has been pretty reliable, 5 eggs a week or so, but this week, she has laid one rubber egg in 5 days. She acts healthy, eating fine, etc. My husband did accidentally open the egg box while she was in there the day she laid the rubber egg, so maybe he startled her, but it's been another two days with no egg. It is hot, but not awfully so, so I don't think it is heat stress. We do allow them out to forage for a few hours every day, and we are feeding them a good quality laying feed. I do admit I probably give them too many treats, like berries, cantaloupe, cashews, sunflower seeds, and dried mealworms. Is this egg-laying behavior normal? I am new to chicken keeping, and the other three in my flock aren't quite old enough to lay yet. The sussex is one year old.

  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    An occasional soft egg is normal.


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