soft, yolkless eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lakbird, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. lakbird

    lakbird Hatching

    Sep 20, 2007
    i went out to the girls' coop this afternoon and there was what appeared to be an egg in front of the hen door. when i bent down to take a closer look, I saw that it was actually a soft, membrane-like shell which had broken on impact with the ground, and inside there was no yolk. i've heard a couple different things- some say calcium deficiency, others say that it just happens like that sometime. anyone have any ideas?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If they are pullets, it is them getting used to laying. If it is old birds, look for calcium deficiencies. Free choice oyster shell is always a good idea.
  3. joanc

    joanc Songster

    Apr 26, 2007
    Shafer, MN
    I had a double shell-less egg the other day. It was the first egg like that I've had. All of my other eggs have had extra-thick shells. I've been giving my hens layer food and oyster shell fee choice, so I figured (and got feedback on my post) that it is normal to have those oddballs once in a while.
    Here is the pix of mine:

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