shell-less egg? help

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SLWyandotte, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. SLWyandotte

    SLWyandotte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i found a shell-less egg this morning. it was a regular egg with just the membrane around it no shell. my girls are just starting to lay. i've gotten about 6 eggs since the 15th of this month all normal, just a bit small. i thought they would lay sporadically for a while before the egg factories got settled. they are on laying pellets since the 16th, and they get the scraps including the eggshells fed to them. i have 2 roos in with 12 girls. the shell-less egg was under their perches this morning. could it just be a fluke and the first egg was just odd. her working out the kinks in laying or do i have a problem? i'm afraid that if she keeps laying like this it will start them to egg eating.
     
  2. GAchick

    GAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just a fluke. Things will settle down. The few times my girls layed shell-less eggs, nobody turned into egg eaters.
     
  3. Sassafras

    Sassafras Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The same thing happened to one of my girls last week. Everything seems ok now.
     
  4. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, not every egg is a perfect masterpiece. I have one girl who can't lay a decent egg to save her life. Most of them aren't shell-less, but they're so thin-shelled that they might as well be. Many of them are laid under the roost or out in the run, and frequently when she does lay in the box they break when they bump up against the other eggs (or one of the girls steps on them). So far, while the girls are happy to clean up any broken eggs, they have left all the normal shelled eggs alone.
     
  5. cmom

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    I agree with the other posts. It mainly happens when birds first start laying. Are they getting calcium (oyster shells)?
     

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