What is wrong with this egg????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Littletonchicks, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. Littletonchicks

    Littletonchicks Out Of The Brooder

    May 7, 2010
    I have been getting an egg or so a day that looks like this. Anyone have any idea what could be causing it? The shell is hard, the egg is fine, the color is fine, just the shell looks like it has a hard time coming through the pipe line. Any comments?

  2. Marcymom3

    Marcymom3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you put oyster shell out for your chickens? Are they eating layer feed? I am not an expert but read on here recently of a similar case where the shells were wrinkled and it might indicate that they aren't getting enough calcium. You can also microwave their eggshells, crush them up, and give them back to them. I usually mix them into oatmeal that I give them a few mornings a week. Good luck! Hope this helps.
  3. Annie's Backyard Flock

    Annie's Backyard Flock Out Of The Brooder

    Have had a few of this type but patch is smaller. I also got 2 very weird ones from my RSL in less than 14 hours. She gave an egg that didn't have color on part of the shell and the shell was VERY hard and then she turned around and gave one that had no shell at all. She was separated from the others because she was being mean and had inflicted wounds on two younger hens. I'm assuming she was very upset and this was the outcome. Have your hens been stressed? Change in feed, water, anything controllable?
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2011
  4. inputoutput

    inputoutput Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 5, 2011
    Cumberland, MD
    Some chickens will just occasionally lay a gross egg. I could see stress making them pop out an egg to quickly, usually its a nutritional issue. Sometimes its just a fluke and only happens once in a blue moon. Mine have never done it but a friend of mine's does once in a while.
  5. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2010
    Mountains of NC
    Have your chickens had any respiratory issues? A past episode of Infectious Bronchitis can result in abnormal eggs.
  6. Littletonchicks

    Littletonchicks Out Of The Brooder

    May 7, 2010
    They eat layer feed, I also have a dish of oyster shell for them to eat as they need to. I also provide them with scratch grains and they free range all day long. I also started putting a little vinegar in their water. I find it strange because it just seems to be one hen that is doing this, out of 30. I don't think its a nutritional issue or the others would also do the same, I would think. We did have a visit from a hawk this past week and it killed two of my chickens but she was doing this before that happened. Respiratory issues? I don't know about that. I don't think so as they all seem very happy and healthy.

    Thanks for all the replies! I appreciate it.

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