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What is this??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by shelbyp237, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. shelbyp237

    shelbyp237 Hatching

    Mar 14, 2015

    I found this next to a broken egg shell while collecting eggs yesterday. I only have hens and they've never been exposed to a Roo. Any clues as to what this is??
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    Not sure exactly what it is, but it isn't a chick/embryo if that is what you were thinking. Are your hens new layers? Sometimes it takes a while for them to get their egg production going properly. Or it might be a lash egg??? Not sure, but you can search lash egg or weird egg on the forum to find threads with pics from others with egg abnormalities. Might be a section of a tape worm, but I doubt it, and can't tell from that pic. If it is a 1 time thing, it usually isn't anything to worry about, chickens aren't machines and sometimes things just don't quite come out the way they should. If it keeps happening, then there might be something wrong.
    Hope this helps and good luck!
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    That's a 'lash egg', cut it in half lengthwise and you should see layers of material.
    Google 'lash egg' for pics to compare.

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