Problem first egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by robat70, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. robat70

    robat70 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 4 hens, just 5 months old. Discovered this egg this morning..


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    and in spite of the obvious problems in the egg we were excited.

    Later we found a location in the yard with 9 eggs all well formed green eggs likely from one or both of our EEs. post #5385

    I just switched to layer feed a few days ago, so obviously, someone has been laying on the grow feed. They free range getting lots of bugs in the garden, get a mealworms as treats, also yogurt. Have not fed them shells as calcium supplement.

    I worry about this malformed egg because it looks like it could be a problem for the hen.
    Any suggestions?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Everything should return to normal after a few days on layer feed but better yet, provide oyster shell in a separate container.
     
  3. Goldheart

    Goldheart New Egg

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    It looks similar to the first "egg" of one of my chickens. The first one formed without a hard shell. The second egg she laid was perfect. I wouldn't worry about it unless it continues.
     
  4. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No need to worry [​IMG] Congrats on the eggs!
     
  5. robat70

    robat70 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies. We're excited about this new adventure. We feel somewhat comforted, but will monitor the eggs closely, and will make oyster shell available.
     
  6. robat70

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    Update,
    I found a new egg, just now, and was able to identify the hen, one of our EEs. She layed a small brown egg with a well formed shell -- an improvement over the first attempt.

    Thanks again.
    This is fun....
     

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