Um, albumin squirts?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jilara, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. Jilara

    Jilara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I've got this big Cornish X hen, and the past day she's started making those little clucky noises, which I associate with laying. She's only about 14-15 weeks, by accounts, though.

    But yesterday, she suddenly clucked, and I thought she was going to poop, but something that looked like the albumin of an egg squirted out of her rear. Clear and with a little bit of whitish ropiness. The other two hens pounced on it and started gobbling it up! This was definitely not fecal matter. Still, I was just a little grossed out by the others pouncing on this...um, hen-by-product.

    So, is she starting to rehearse for laying by squishing out yolkless, shell-less eggs? Isn't this a bit precocious, too?
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Sounds like it's time for her to get some oyster shells.
     
  3. Jilara

    Jilara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, they've been getting eggshells, but it sounds like some oyster shell couldn't hurt!
     

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