"umbilical cord" eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chi-rn, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have occasional eggs from one of our hens that look like an umbilical cord is attached. Most days, this hen lays normal-looking eggs. Hen seems fine health-wise. I've posted a picture at the bottom of my BYC page (because I've not understood yet how to post pics on the forum). Hens are on a commercial formula (Layena pellets) plus some free-ranging in the grass daily. For occasional treats they get things like dried mealworms, scrambled eggs with crushed shells, chopped tomatoes mixed with crushed oyster shells, and chopped cabbage, blueberries (not their favorite), watermelon/cantolope sprinkled with crushed oyster shells. The only treat they get just about every day is the mealworms-- just rattle the container & they'll come running from wherever they may be roaming! They do sometimes get into the jueveniles' Start & Grow mash. Any ideas would be appeciated! Thanks!

    -- I did get a picture posted a couple of posts down. Thanks!
     
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  2. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

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    Interesting! Haven't seen that before. Sometimes I get eggs with a spot on the end of them, maybe it's a belly button!
     
  3. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had a few of those too... just a little dollop, as though the hen's putting on a final touch! But these others are strange. I was certain there was some horrible thing going on at first, but hen seems fine. I have a 90-year old neighbor who told me the first time I got one of these eggs that this hen had finished her laying days! She was only 7 months old at the time (Golden Comet), & has continued to lay mostly-normal eggs!
     
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  4. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's my attempt at posting a picture of one of the eggs.
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