Soft shell egg following regular egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Fowl Wrangler, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Fowl Wrangler

    Fowl Wrangler Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 8, 2011
    My girls are laying steadily, which is excellent. This afternoon I went out after the last one was out of the nest box and collected three eggs--one per chicken. Just a little while ago, I let them out to wander the yard for a while. I was watching my blue wyandotte and easter egger battle over a night crawler (advantage wyandotte) and then the wyandotte sort of froze in a half-squat. She looked a little concerned, so I bent down to see what was up, and realized she had just laid a soft-shell egg. She looked pretty surprised, and I know I was! A few minutes later she was off running and scratching again.

    She seems totally fine, so I'm not exactly worried, but I was certainly surprised, since she just laid this morning! Have other people had this experience? They have plenty of oyster shell right now, so my thought was that this egg just got hurried along inside her for some reason and didn't have a chance to fully develop its shell. For what it's worth, they all started laying just a few months ago, so while they're pretty regular, maybe they're still working the kinks out of the system.
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    My girls laid soft shelled eggs when they started laying too. They sure are freaky looking.
    It is odd that she laid two eggs in one day, but I would assume that (like you said) most likely the egg was just rushed through her system for whatever reason.

    It will be interesting to see what others have to say. I will stay tuned with this thread. [​IMG]
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    It was just hurried along. The second egg of the day is usually hurried and can be smaller and/or soft shelled.

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