Oddly shaped, thin shelled egg- any ideas?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jeremy, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    I collected this egg today.

    It was smashed in on one side and had these weird ridges on it.

    It's kind of shaped like a jellybean!

    It's shell was very brittle, my girls have access to oyster shell at all times though, so I don't know what could have caused it.

    The yolk inside looked normal, I did see what appeared to be a tiny blood spot in the yolk.

    Does anybody know why one of my hens would have laid an egg like this? All of these eggs are from hens that are 1-2 years old, so no newbies just reaching POL could be to blame. It has been unusually hot suddenly, maybe my hens aren't handling it so well?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
  2. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    Maybe the hen was having a bit of a problem getting it out!! [​IMG] Not sure what to tell you!!

    Hope you find an answer to your question.

  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    Stress or calcium and/or vit.D deficiency all are common causes. Infections, tumours etc. etc. more rarely.

    Give oyster shells, cuttlefish bone grated and vit D supplement from your vet or pet store (vitaminised margarine on bread works very well too).

    Good Luck,
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    There are so many reasons for those. They are usually isolated instances, though some girls get into the habit of laying thin shelled eggs for a period of time. One of my Ameraucana hens has had soft shelled eggs for weeks on end and suddenly over the last two days, she has given me perfect eggs. When they molt, they usually produce some thin shelled eggs. Some hens have periods where their vitamin D is low and that is necessary to process calcium properly, some just don't hit the calcium feeder as much as they need, just all sorts of reasons.
  5. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Songster

    Mar 13, 2010
    Lancaster PA
    I found tht I had to actually sprinkle the very dusty, small particle of oyster shell on the feed in order for them to eat it. One gals eggs are HARD, the other one's eggs were breaking. It seems to help.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: