One of our hens laid an incredibly large 136gram egg.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Guerra, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. Guerra

    Guerra Out Of The Brooder

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    This is our first experience raising chickens.

    We have 15 Cuckoo Marans, they are 28 weeks old and have been laying for about 8 weeks.

    Today my mother in law found something totally unexpected an incredibly large egg. It weighs 136 grams!!

    It is so large that I am worried about the chicken’s health.

    Our hens have been laying med/large eggs, with the occasional large/jumbo double yoker but this one is huge.

    My wife asked which hen I thought laid the egg, and I said: "That is easy look for the one that's walking funny". [​IMG]

    Since all of our hens are the same breed, they all look the same, and it is impossible to tell which one laid the egg.

    So should we be worried?

    Your thoughts and comments are appreciated.



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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    If none have a prolapsed vent, you're good.

    Perhaps 3 or more yolks. As long as it doesn't continue, I wouldn't worry. How old are they?
     
  3. Guerra

    Guerra Out Of The Brooder

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    They are 28 weeks old and have been laying for about 8 weeks.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    That's still in the range of bodies getting the plumbing worked out. I wouldn't worry. Take another picture when you open it.

    Are you not getting very many dark eggs from them? Naturally the large egg wouldn't be dark because the pigment is spread over such a large surface. I just thought Cuckoo Marans laid dark eggs.
     
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  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm curious if it's a three yolk egg too. Wow that's big. Had an egg bottom out 100 gram egg scale so no idea actual weight but yours has it beat hands down. The double yolk eggs slow down the older the birds get. There's a lot going on to get in sync with eggs. Virtually an assembly line of independent operations before it's laid. Double yolks is just one of the many quirks that can happen with young layers.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I'll bet there's a shelled egg inside there.

    Well, there's no blood on it, that's a good sign....but still might want to check everyone's vents.


    @ChickenCanoe .....Hatchery Cuckoo Marans are often pale in the egg color department.
     
  7. BertandMary

    BertandMary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had one lay a triple yolk egg a couple of years back. It was massive. Like others have said, if the chicken is fine then there is nothing to worry about
     
  8. ChickenCanoe

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    Egg in an egg is possible too.

    I bought eggs of 3 Marans varieties a few years ago. They were supposed to be from famous lines. They weren't dark at all. They didn't hatch either (that may have been incubator's fault) So to this day I've never had Marans.
    If not selected for, the shell color can be lost very quickly.
    The only thing I breed any more is Black Penedesenca. It's a labor of love to work on egg color - and all their other great traits.
     
  9. Waynebob126

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    Whoa Nelly
     
  10. et22

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    Did you end up cracking the egg open? I'm curious to whats inside.
     
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