One massive egg, with one normal egg inside

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by iFairyx, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. iFairyx

    iFairyx Chirping

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    Hi there,

    I'd thought I'd share our latest bit of oddness..

    About a week ago one of our hens laid a massive egg (it was larger then a duck egg, and wasn't that far from being the size of a goose egg). We thought it was a double yolker, but it was a little bit different to what we expected.

    We cracked the egg and the normal yolk and white were there, but there was also another normal sized egg (the normal sized egg was inside the big egg).


    Has anyone ever had this??

    iFairy x
     
  2. artsy1

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    wierd
     
  3. mi chicken

    mi chicken In the Brooder

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    i have heard about it. pretty cool though
     
  4. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Songster

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    That's neat. It's not common but it does happen. I feel bad for the poor hens that have to lay them though. =P
     
  5. nseattleguy

    nseattleguy Chirping

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    One of my city chicken farmer friends had the same thing this week. Maybe the moon? :D
     
  6. iFairyx

    iFairyx Chirping

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    nseattleguy - the moon? maybe weird things do happen :)

    It was really weird, when I first saw the egg the first thing I thought of was "ouch" lol, but my birds never cease to amaze me <3
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Yes. Happened twice here.

    The first one had only a tiny egg with no yolk inside.

    The second time, the egg was so huge, it had dropped into the abdomen of the hen and she could not be saved. Upon opening her up, found the giant egg, another inside, and two in the oviduct that could not pass due to the mass in her abdomen, poor thing.
     
  8. iFairyx

    iFairyx Chirping

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    Aww bless her </3

    It is interesting though, I didn't realise it was possible (until I saw it), I doubt I'll see it again, for a while at least.
     
  9. JohnnyxRex

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    Believe it or not I read about this in a chicken raising magazine a few weeks ago at a bookstore. It went over different types of "messed up" eggs and what may cause them.
     

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