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only yolk, no shell?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sarachick, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. sarachick

    sarachick Hatching

    Oct 7, 2013

    Wondering if anyone else has experienced this? We think it is our Wyandotte.... she is 5.5 months old and we don't think she has started laying yet - we can tell who is laying which egg by the color. However, the past few days we have found a few yolks only with a very fine skim of a shell -- all soft. It is basically all yolk. We found 2 out in our yard where they free range, and one on the floor of the coop - not in the nesting box. We have 3 other hens, different breeds and they seem to be fine. They are all fed grit and oyster shells along with feed. Any suggestions would be helpful!

  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Shell less eggs are pretty common with young pullets just starting to lay, as are double yolks, funny shells etc. They are just working the kinks out of their egg laying system. With young chickens, or with older hens coming back into lay after molting etc, it is usually nothing to worry about and they will straighten themselves out in a little while. With multiple older birds laying these, or with birds that only lay shell less eggs it may be one of various problems.

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