Shell-less Egg- Should I panic or not?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sphinx, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Sphinx

    Sphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    This afternoon I went to check for eggs and found what looks to be a shellless egg. There's absolutely no shells, no membrane, nothing. It looks all liquidy, with a touch of yolk running down the side of the box.

    I have seven chickens, all but one are 6-7 months old, and two aren't even laying yet. The others started anywhere from 5 days to 1.5 months ago. I watched the chickens, and they're all acting normally.

    Should I chalk it up to some newbie error on the part of my chickens, so should I run around panicking?
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Chalk it up to newbie error. As long as you are feeding layer pellets and giving free-choice oyster shells you are doing all that can be done. The rest is up to the chickens.

    Good luck.
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I wouldn't sweat it. Many people (me included) have had hens (especially newer layers) go through shelless eggs, rubber eggs, and paper thin egg shells... These things generally work themselves out within a week or two.
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
  5. Sphinx

    Sphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    Woodmort, I did read what you said there, and thought that was really insightful. Until today, every egg I've gotten has been somewhat like anything I'd get in the store (except that they're MUCH cooler colors).

    I just have visions of eggbound and internal laying stories going through my head.

    Believe it or not, I panic more over these chickens than I did my human babies. I think it's because chickens are still so new and foreign to me.

    Thanks for talking me down.

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