Soft egg dropped at night

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Twin Willows, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Twin Willows

    Twin Willows Out Of The Brooder

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    We have an 18 month old Black Australorp that about every 2 weeks or so will drop a soft shelled (immature) egg at night while she is on the roost. I assume she is sleeping while she does this. At other times she will lay a normal egg in the nesting area. I'm giving them a commercial ground limestone/crushed oyster shell mix, I'm wondering if I should also add straight crushed oyster shells. Or, does she have a physical problem? Has anyone else had a problem like this?
     
  2. Hippie Chicks Mom

    Hippie Chicks Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did have one of my RIRs do this once. She had not laid during the day and I thought she was egg bound, but then in the morning an egg with inside intact and a soft shell passed in 2 pieces. Just a glitch in the system I guess.
     
  3. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    I see one on rare occasions in our flock. Even with everything right, just happens.
     
  4. smsabean

    smsabean Out Of The Brooder

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    I see this occassionally as well. One evening I noticed a hen looking uncomfortable and picked her up to examine her. Just as I picked her up, a shellless egg dropped out. I've seen the occassional soft shelled egg dropped from the roost at night. I wonder if they have more difficult laying the egg when it is soft shelled or shell-less so it takes longer to come. However, the hen seemed to be fine and went on to lay good eggs.
     
  5. Twin Willows

    Twin Willows Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, she is probably alright, maybe she had a nightmare! After reading some of the problems that other owner's have, I guess this is pretty minor, along with a cracked egg in a nest on occasion. Thanks for the help and advice!
     

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