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mystery green egg - where did it come from???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by valibby, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. valibby

    valibby Out Of The Brooder

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    I have four chickens - two Buff Orpingtons who lay, and two others that hatched in June, so not laying yet. Doreen has been broody for a few weeks, but I think possibly still laying. We get at least one egg a day and I think sometimes two (it's not just that I forget to collect). At the end of July, I got busted by the bylaw officer and had to get rid of my two EEs and two RIRs. Back in May and June, Gloria was broody. Since I have no rooster, I got her some hatching eggs. She screwed it up, though, and the nest was abandoned. Creeped out by the idea of possibly seeing partially developed chicks, I avoided tossing the eggs and eventually forgot about it. Gloria's eggs were outside the main coop. Furthermore, they were all brown. To compensate for her eggs not hatching, I got 6 chicks (4 of which were also given up when I got busted by bylaw).

    This was all relevant background. Today I collected eggs. There were two - one brown, one green. What the...

    I'm making a meatloaf. I cautiously cracked open the green egg and my thumb immediately got thick yellow ooze onto it, like a broken yolk. Except I don't break yolks, and I didn't crack it very hard. I opened this egg into the sink, and the entire thing appeared to be yolk inside. I opened it up completely and a small (maybe 3/4" round) dark blob fell out, but slipped down the garbage disposal quickly before I could really see it.

    WHAT WAS IT??? Was that a rotten egg Doreen found in the coop? If so, why didn't I smell anything. Was it a so-rotten-it-changed-color fertilized egg that she somehow moved into the coop? Can chickens even do that?

    The brown egg was normal.
     
  2. MANOZ

    MANOZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hmmmm not sure what it is but sounds like you need a trap nest......cheak out my thread for more info.......
    "the trap nesting thread"
     
  3. cassidy22

    cassidy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a partially grown chick to me.

    I have seen eggs so rotten they actually explode. The shell does not change color, so it was an egg from a green egg layer that might have been sat on for a while, and then abandoned. It takes a while or very high temperatures for an egg to go green/black on the inside and really smell rotten.

    That's my estimation, and I have seen quite a few partially grown chicks that don't make it all the way. The blob that went down the sink, was probably a partially formed chick.
     
  4. valibby

    valibby Out Of The Brooder

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    Except we've never had a rooster...?
     

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