Tiny Egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JohnHenry, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. JohnHenry

    JohnHenry Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had my hens almost a year and today I find one TINY egg. Anybody know why a hen lays a tiny, tiny egg all of a sudden? Its half the size of a normal egg. Worms maybe? I started them on Flubenvet yesterday because I had one hen die and worried about worms.

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  2. JohnHenry

    JohnHenry Out Of The Brooder

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    From Mypetchicken.com

    Q: My hen laid a teeny tiny egg, and when I cracked it open, there was no yolk! Should I be concerned?
    A: Awww, isn't that cute! Tiny, yolkless eggs are sometimes known as witch eggs or fairy eggs. Occasionally a hen will lay a fairy egg when something has disturbed her reproductive cycle. Sometimes a hen will lay a fairy egg or two just as she comes into laying, before her reproductive system has gotten into gear. They are sometimes lighter or darker than her regular eggs because they may spend more or less time in the "egg painting" area of her system, the shell gland. It is normally nothing to be concerned about. It simply means she didn't release a yolk before her body started producing an egg to enclose it.

    Sometimes a hen may lay a small egg that still contains a yolk, too... even if she normally lays larger eggs. Again, this typically happens with a new layer as her body is getting into the rhythm of laying, but it can also happen with older birds if there has been a disturbance that upsets their usual cycle. It isn't anything to be concerned about unless drastic size changes happen regularly. Then you will want to consult a vet to make sure everything is okay. But do keep in mind that the eggs of a young pullet are often very small (regularly) for a few months, and gradually get bigger as she matures!
     
  3. unix_micki

    unix_micki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    funny, I just found a pullet egg, but this is the first egg after a molt, is this ok?
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree. No-yolkers are called "dwarf", "wind", rooster egg" [or, more commonly, "fart"] eggs. Once in awhile you will get one with a tiny yolk. Hens that are at the end of the end of their laying cycle may lay these tiny eggs. In this case, a tiny bit of reproductive tissue breaks off and moves along the reproductive tract, fooling the body into thinking it's a yolk as the rest of the layers of the egg are deposited around the tissue. Pullets just starting to lay (that haven't gotten their "egg machine" in sync ) might lay these wind eggs.

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  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:Yes.
     
  6. unix_micki

    unix_micki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes.

    oh good, i went back and checked her and she is in the nesting box again [​IMG] got one of my layers back after molt !!
     
  7. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Looks like they're all starting to come back on line now. [​IMG]
    Congrats on getting a fart egg. [​IMG] Oddly enough, it was always my biggest hen who laid the most fart eggs. [​IMG]
     
  8. QualityPolish

    QualityPolish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ^^ I just got a fart egg about 2 days ago, cutest thing I ever did see. I've got to admit this one is going to be blown and kept, lol.
     

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