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Soft eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DuckDaddy01, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. DuckDaddy01

    DuckDaddy01 Out Of The Brooder

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    Today when fetching my duck eggs, I found one with a very thin shell. Felt spongy. Felt like a film or membrane rather than a shell. Any reason what would cause this?
     
  2. lovelyduckling

    lovelyduckling Out Of The Brooder

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    Sometimes when hens don't get enough protein/nutrients they can't make make the egg completely. I think that's right. Or the egg didn't form fast enough. Something like that. I know it I just don't know how to explain it. Anyone else have better wording?
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    A "shell-less egg" is what you are describing - the tough membrane is there, but no hard outer shell. The causes can vary - from a new layer who's system is not up and running, a bird who just had an off day with regards to their shell gland, a bird who is not quite healthy and is experiencing the beginnings of shut down of the repro-system, a bird who is lacking calcium in the diet, a bird that has insufficient vitamin D in the diet to allow proper absorption of the calcium, etc. As long as it is just an occasional "huh" sort of thing it's not really anything to be too concerned about -- if you start seeing it a pattern and regular occurrence that is when you look deeper to identify the cause and address it.
     
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  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    x2 on Ol Grey Mare's comments.
     
  5. DuckDaddy01

    DuckDaddy01 Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome insight. Thanks!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree with Ol Grey Mare.
     
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hi there, and welcome to BYC! I am so glad you joined us, please make yourself at home here! I think you'll like it! :frow

    ~Cuz
     

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