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What the Heck is this Attachment Coming off of my Chicken Egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by backyardchicks, May 3, 2016.

  1. backyardchicks

    backyardchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I just collected my chicken eggs and found a big surprise. What the heck is this attachment coming off of my chicken egg? It looks like the insides of my chicken? I have never seen something like this before! All of them were out running around, eating and seemed fine. I am going to go take a closer look at my chickens and make sure they are ok. If you have any ideas as to what this is please let me know.

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    That's creepy.
     
  3. backyardchicks

    backyardchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I think so too! I cracked the egg open and it was completely normal too. I don't see anything wrong with any of my chickens that could have laid it either. I hope someone knows what this can be.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    To me it looks like a shell membrane, sometimes an egg bumps up next to another and it gets dragged along. I would think it was a one time occurrence, maybe the hen took a good bump or a hard landing.
     
  5. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    If you keeps chickens long enough, you'll see every hideous, indescribable thing imaginable left in nest boxes and under perches. [​IMG]

    And the darlings act as though they know absolutely nothing about it.
     
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  6. backyardchicks

    backyardchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    @oldhenlikesdogs That very likely could have happened! If one egg bumps up against another does that mean that the hen could lay 2 eggs withing a 24 hour period or does it just stay in there longer?
     
  7. backyardchicks

    backyardchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    @azygous Haha....that is so funny. It's true too, they act like nothing is out of the ordinary! :D
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Some high production hens can lay two eggs during a 24 hour period. Most times when multiple yolks are released they become one egg with two yolks, it can depends how much time is passed between them. Your egg was probably about to be laid when the next egg came down into the shell gland and stuck to the current one, which pulled it out with it instead of it staying behind to have a shell added. The egg spend about 24 hours out of the 26 hours it takes to produce it in the shell gland getting a shell. Any disturbances can affect that egg. It's an amazing system that produces eggs, so I'm surprised how often they are normal.

    Edited to add it would be interesting to know if the next egg shows any residue of the yolk, or if that was pulled out too. Is there yolk inside that narrow part?
     
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  9. backyardchicks

    backyardchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Very interesting. There was the clear part of the egg inside of the attachment. I will see if I get any "different" looking eggs today to see if it affected the next egg!
     
  10. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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