Small eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kevo18, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. Kevo18

    Kevo18 New Egg

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    Hi I am a new member and I want to ask this.i have 3chickens and most days one of my girls always lays a very small egg no yolk inside .they are about 1and a half years old and now are moulting is this normal:)
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    If they are molting then you are lucky to be getting eggs at all. So yes, the small yolks are normal. Make sure they have food, water, calcium and protein.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    As Mountain Peeps has said, if they are molting, normally they do stop laying since it takes all the protein they can get to grow feathers and none is left over for eggs. Once your birds are done molting, the eggs should return back to normal size.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Mountain Peeps and TwoCrows have answered your question nicely so I'll just say, please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Small eggs with no yolk, as your bird is laying, are often referred to as "fairy eggs" - as noted, molting does often have an impact on production and for your bird it would seem that her ovaries have stopped producing and releasing ova(yolk) but the rest of her reproductive system is continuing to function, thus creating the egg white and selling it, but without the bulk of a yolk to build around it results in the small eggs you are seeing.
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Glad Old Gray Mare addressed your problem of NO yolks inside small eggs. Your girl does seem to have troubles with her egg machinery. Has she always been this way?
     
  10. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Fairy eggs are a curious occurrence for sure and the exact causes are still a bit elusive. I get the odd one from my hens and we just laugh it off and eat them, or leave them on the counter in a warm space to dry out. Here's a bit more info on them: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/common-egg-quality-problems
     

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