no shell on egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kd_colorado, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. kd_colorado

    kd_colorado Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2011
    My pullets are only 4.5 moths old. I have 5 Rhode Island Reds, 5 Cinnamon Queens nd 6 New Hampshire Barreds. They are hea"thy and playful. The Reds and Cinnamon Queens started laying eggs 3 weeks ago. When my husband closed up the coop tonight he found an egg with no shell. Help! Does anyone know why this happens?
  2. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Sometime first eggs are like that! Their still quite young to be laying. It's their little bodies trying to get the hang of things!!
  3. Wulfandwyn

    Wulfandwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2011
    What if the chickens are say 3-4years old and there is no shell? One of mine is laying what looks to be like yolks intermittently.
  4. ragnar1107

    ragnar1107 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 28, 2011
    Elkhorn Wisconsin
    Quote:Are you giving them oyster shell so they are getting enough calcium?
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2011
  5. Wulfandwyn

    Wulfandwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2011
    Yeah they free feed on oyster shell. I got the two older chickens a couple of weeks ago and the lady that gave them to me wasn't sure of their age but thought about 3-4 years old. They had been laying one egg a day between the two but then i found what looked to be an egg yolk several times. They are eating the left over poultry food the previous owner gave me and i started feeding them oyster shell after i got them after reading info on this site but I hadn't noticed any yolk looking eggs until the last week or so. They are in a chicken tractor that i move around my yard so they have access to grass and bugs and i have given them dried meal worms as a treat on occasion. I am new to keeping chickens and ducks so I appreciate this site and everyone's help.
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:It happens with mature layers as well (no shell, soft shell, jello eggs), just not quite as often as with new layers. And older layers will sometimes simply develop problems with their egg making organs, from what I've read. But it doesn't sound like this is your case, since it's infrequent.

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