what causes fart eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by posey, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. posey

    posey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can someone explain what causes fart eggs?
    We got the teeny tiniest one today.
    It is the smallest that I have ever found in the next box
    Thanks
     
  2. Nic&Chickies

    Nic&Chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just from what I've read on here, it seems that it's just a random happening, and could also be the body of the new layer's way of getting used to laying eggs.
     
  3. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

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    Could they also come from, say, a 4 yr old hen, or is it just a 'new layer' thing?
     
  4. posey

    posey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well it is a random thing with my girls.
    It never happened with my first flock but has happened twice with my second and those girls were a year old in April this year.
    It just amazes me when I find those ity bitty little eggs.
    When we opened the first one it was just the white, no yolk.
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    The ones without a yolk can be formed by a hen of any age, though it is a lot more common with pullets coming into lay. Normally a yolk starts the egg laying process, but sometimes a piece of material sloughs off from the hen's internals and triggers the eggmaking system to produce an egg without a yolk.
     
  6. chickensbythesea

    chickensbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have any idea what causes them, but I love the name! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    My only guess would be that every once in a while she jumps the gun and sends something from manufacturing to packaging before it's supposed to come off the assembly line.
     
  7. posey

    posey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks
    Ridgerunner your explanation is very helpful

    Chickens by the Sea your explanation is funny, thank for sharing it.
     
  8. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Imagine you start a job in a field you never worked before, you are bound to make a couple mistakes along the way til you get the hang of it. Also if you work at a job a long time you can mess up too.
     

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