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someone please explain this egg

Discussion in 'Quail' started by diggerduck, May 15, 2011.

  1. diggerduck

    diggerduck Songster

    Apr 21, 2011
    Marion, IL.
    I got this nasty thing today [​IMG].... The egg was encased in the membrane thing and when I took the membrane off, the egg had the same cracks as the last three only this time they were going around the circumference of the egg. Gettin a little worried for my girls. I am feeding them 21% gamebird with supplemental oyster-cal.

    this is the membrane off the egg

    egg without the membrane

    egg with membrane still on

  2. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

    Sep 10, 2010
    have you pinned it down to one hen?
    or are multiples doing this?
    are any of them laying normal eggs?
    how old are the birds?
    how long have they been laying?
  3. diggerduck

    diggerduck Songster

    Apr 21, 2011
    Marion, IL.
    They are all adult birds. I moved them to a new cage about a week ago, before that they had been laying normale eggs. I have 5 hens in the pen and worried if I seperate them to try and isolate which one is dropping these gross things I may cause them further stress and then who knows what will happen. Since the move last Friday, I have gotten four eggs, this creation, and three like the one in the previous post from me. Any suggestions appreciated.
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

    Mar 2, 2009
    Looks As Tho 1 Of Your Girls Is "stuck In High Gear" [​IMG]

    She's Not Completing The Egg Formation Processes Before Passing/ Laying

    Dare I Say Premature Laying? :p
  5. diggerduck

    diggerduck Songster

    Apr 21, 2011
    Marion, IL.
    I would accept The Easter Bunny was involved at this moment..... What can I do if anything about this mess?
  6. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
    Wait it out they should settle down and it will pass. [​IMG]
  7. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Songster

    Aug 5, 2010
    my house in maryland
    i have a hen that lays that kind of egg . She even produced 1 that was an egg inside an egg that was that way. She has always laid those things and she 's over a year old now....

  8. joe125

    joe125 Songster

    Sep 20, 2010
    Looks like a typical shell-less/almost shell-less eggs to me. I'm with lamike. Just wait it out! Especially if they are young!
    As JJ says....She is rushing things. Shell-less eggs (in coturnix) are generally caused by stress. "STRESS" to a coturnix could mean anything!

    Just keep the sameness level at 100%, for a week or 2, then we can discuss feed modification, or what ever else, if they don't settle in [​IMG]
  9. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    The most common reasons for this is that the eggs passed through the oviduct too prematurely. Older hens tend to have a higher incidence of this.

    Now not to scare you: Other reasons for this could be Calcium, Phosphorus, and/or Vitamin D-3 were not properly in diet (lacking), antibiotics or medicated feed was used, the breeding stock was in in a well ventilated area or environment too hot, EDS (Egg drop syndrome) occurred or infectious bronchitis

    I am pretty sure it was that it's a new area for them, stress induced, eggs dropped too soon. TIme will tell though.

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