Shell-less egg, within egg, within egg, within egg............

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cambriagardener, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. cambriagardener

    cambriagardener Chillin' With My Peeps

    I hesitate to post this because I feel like gagging when I look at it. But I am worried about my EE (almost three years old). She molted in the fall and never began laying again. The other day I went out and found this huge rubbery thing (obviously a shell-less egg) but the size of an outstretched hand and weighing 9 ounces. It had a lightly green tinge. This EE lays olive eggs. Tulip, the hen, was in the corner recuperating from expelling this monstrous thing and the other hens were eyeing it, ready to attack.

    I took the "thing" inside and opened it up. It was a shell-less egg, within an egg, within an egg, within and egg, within and egg. Obviously, she was unable to expel them and they piled up inside her.

    I'm not sure what to do other than the usual......oyster shells, calcium in feed, yogurt, etc. I'm afraid this is the end of Tulip's egg-laying career. Something is wrong inside her........

    Ever experience this? Any suggestions?


  2. cambriagardener

    cambriagardener Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can't seem to get my photos to show. That will help you to understand this thread. I'll try again.


    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I've never seen that, but it sounds like she's an internal layer.
  4. Patchesnposies

    Patchesnposies Chickens.....are my ONE weakness!

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern New Mexico
    Oh my goodness! Wow, is that odd! I have never seen anything like it. In the past four years of having chickens we have had a shelled egg within an egg twice and, of course, the rubbery egg without a shell on occasion.....but nothing like what your girl did.

    I think maybe she is an internal layer...but have no clue what that really means.

    I hope someone comes along who can chime in with experience or knowledge for you.

    Hope Tulip is okay!

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