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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gisbert, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. gisbert

    gisbert Out Of The Brooder

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    I just picked up an egg from one of my girls which shell is very thin and almost like jelly, like a membrane. Any reason to be worried.
    I'm grateful for any feedback...thank you
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    That's a soft shelled egg. They are laid before the shell is applied. Sometimes it's a system glitch, done often as hens are starting up or shutting down. Stress can cause them to be laid early, so can loud disturbances or any frightening occurrence can cause it as well as hot weather and any changes to the environment. They are nothing to be worried about and happen occasionally.
     
  3. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2, nothing to worry about. Almost every hen will lay one at some point in her life. I call em jello eggs. If she continues laying them then you can worry. But its totally normal.
     
  4. Vickie 51

    Vickie 51 Out Of The Brooder

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    They occur from time to time but the cause can be dependent upon the chicken. Birds that are just starting to lay may produce them because they are still fine tuning their manufacturing. Older birds do it as their laying years run down. As mentioned, stressors such as heat, fear, etc. can also cause chickens to lay them. If you have been giving them electrolytes due to extreme heat, please know the salt in the mixture depletes calcium and can make for a weak she'll. If your chickens do not fall into the young or older catagory and they have not had anything to stress them than you may want to consider if they are getting enough calcium in general and increase their access to oyster shell.
     
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  5. baredrock101

    baredrock101 Just Hatched

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    If you are not giving her oyster you should start that my be it.
     
  6. salsss

    salsss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what happens if she does continue? I have one that has laid 3 ok eggs and 12 soft. With calcium, layer feed, nutridrench one day. My vet says to wait a few weeks to see what happens but this has gone on 3 weeks now!

    Another layer who started at the same time had one...and then was okay.

    She laid two at once today. !!
     
  7. baredrock101

    baredrock101 Just Hatched

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    She might be stressed but if she continues for another week I would feed her 17% layer and and mix oyster in with her food.
     
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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Does nutridrench contain sodium which can cause soft eggs. Stop with the nutridrench and see if that helps, give fresh clean water only for drinking.
     
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