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Shell-less Egg??? cause and effect??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chix4chance, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. chix4chance

    chix4chance Out Of The Brooder

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    So it all started.... my pigs found their way into the coop!!!
    One of our voops is a barn stall across from our 3 hogs and when we let the pigs out for their evening sun bath and roll in the grass our [​IMG]BOSS HOG found his way of unlocking the door and into the chicken coop... surprisingly enough our pigs decide not to have chicken for dinner thankfully lol but shortly after the mishap and after the chickens had their free range time out.... when they were put back in the coop we ended up with 2 eggs which is normal after an outting but surprisingly when I went to gather them one was SHELL-LESS!!! Could this have been an egg that was passed during to being scared from the pig encounter??? Seeing as though they have already went through their winter cycle and had been laying perfectly good eggs for a couple months now... plus they get plenty of bugs oyster shells grit and scratch grain plus various fruits and veggies... so just wondering if dthis egg has been laid under developed due to being frightened or if there is another reason.. also will this effect future eggs from her??
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    You are probably right, stress will cause eggs to be laid before they are ready so they end up without a shell. Pigs would frighten me if I found them in my house. It shouldn't affect any future laying, though enough stress can cause them to have a drop in production that doesn't show up until about a week later.
     
  3. chix4chance

    chix4chance Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you know if it is safe to eat this egg? If so how long it will keep?? TIA!!
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I wouldn't eat it, the shell helps to keep out bacteria. It's not worth it to me.
     
  5. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The Wicked Premium Member

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    I also would not eat it. The shell-less eggs do not last long unless you put them in an airtight container. When left exposed to air they shrink quite quickly because they don't have the outer shell.
    I have a hen that lays a shell-less egg...lol.
     
  6. mcdon

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    Funny, but I'm having the same problem. My production reds just started laying a couple of weeks ago. At first, the eggs were small which is understandable, and the shells were great. The past few days, however, there were no shells on the eggs. I've had probably four eggs like that in the past few days.I bought a bag of oyster shell at Tractor Supply, but so far, it hasn't helped the situation.
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Look to see if there's a reason for stress, check for predators and loud noises. That early in laying it won't be from a deficiency, but because the egg is coming out early or the shell gland hasn't fully developed.
     
  8. chix4chance

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    Thankfully so far that was the only egg like that.. I am sure that my 3 little (big) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]pigs scared the daylights out of my hens when they decided to invite themselves into their home lol especially since my[​IMG] rooster is kind of cowardly (he is deff a "big chicken") although if you saw his spurs you wouldnt think so lol he is so sweet he runs and hides if something seems the least bit sketchy lol so im sure it was a traumatizing experience for my oldest chickens and thankfully her production has bounced back into her normal laying routine... I decided not to eat the egg. Just to be on the safe side. I[​IMG] love [​IMG]my [​IMG]buffs they have been such good layers!! And I am super happy it didnt harm her laying habits.
     

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