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What's wrong with this Egg/Chicken??? Pictures

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TipsyDog, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Songster

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    My RIR has been laying eggs with very slight ridges on them. Now these eggs are coming - two in the past 3 days! Should I be worried? She is 7 months old and otherwise very healthy. What would cause eggs to have a such extreme ridges? It's almost like looking at a "mold" of her insides. Nothing has changed here in diet, etc.



    Last edited: Dec 30, 2009

  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    It looks like they are getting stuck. I had a guinea that laid wrinkled eggs similar to that. I think it's just their laying is trying to regulate when it does that.
  3. Taylor

    Taylor Songster

    Dec 14, 2008
    It's natural for them to lay eggs like this when they first start laying, I've only had one hen that has layed one similar 2 this, but only 1. If this keeps up, I would be worried

    Proud owner of: 4 Buff Orpingtons, a few golden comets, A couple black stars, and the rest are old timey chickens!!!
  4. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Songster

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    Quote:STUCK? That doesn't sound good. [​IMG]
  5. I expect it's just because she is in her first laying season and still getting things 'straightened out'. But those eggs could (note, 'could') be a sign of Infectious Bronchitis, if they continue for a number of weeks. (Much more likely to be down to her going through chicken puberty though.)

    You'll probably get the odd strange egg during the first season, and they're usually nothing to worry about.
  6. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Songster

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    Taylor & Caralouise1974: She has been laying for about 6 weeks. I hope you guys are right and she's still getting into it, but it just worries me with ridges like this. I thought that maybe the egg wasn't moving along quickly enough and therefore the impression on them, but she has been laying within the 24 - 28 hour period so they are moving. I've never seen eggs like this before! [​IMG]
  7. Andi

    Andi Songster

    My girls are in their first season of laying and I've seen a few with wrinkles (although not as extreme). They didn't keep coming out with wrinkles, so I didn't worry about it. Hopefully yours will return to normal, too.

    One question that did come to my mind was wondering if it had anything to do with the temp. When I found the wrinkled ones here it was during some weather were the temps were down in the single digits. None of my girls stay on their eggs. I wondered if the cold temp set up the eggs before they would have a chance to smooth out. I'm guessing the shells are slightly pliable at laying (although I'm not sure how much) to make laying easier. I've since gotten a heat lamp that I use with a thermal switch to help cut down on split eggs from freezing. It may be pure coincidence, but no wrinkled eggs since.

  8. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Songster

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    Quote:Funny you should mention the cold. It was in the single digits both days that these eggs were laid and she lays very early in the morning. I do have heat in my coop on a thermostat but the nest boxes are bumped out and always alittle colder than the rest of the coop. If the cold does have something to do with it - why aren't any other eggs affected? Perhaps the cold affects this bird more than the others. My coop's temperature range is between 34 and 41 degrees, so it's not extremely cold.
  9. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

    Mar 18, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    All my pullets are under a year old (9 months) and every so often I get one of those eggs. The one thing that is weird is since most have them have gone through a molt one of the girls, haven't figured which one, yet seems to be laying little pullet eggs again---- or--- I was thinking maybe one of them never started until now--- is that possible?
  10. Andi

    Andi Songster

    Maybe someone will have some wisdom to offer. Several people have chickens way up in Canada. I don't recall them mentioning it happening to them.

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