Why did my chicken lay two soft jelly-like eggs??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Elizabeth1987, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. Elizabeth1987

    Elizabeth1987 In the Brooder

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    Hello,
    My chicken laid two soft jelly-like eggs. One is the color of a normal egg by her breed (french marans), a dark brown egg, and the other is a very light brown/beige. Is something wrong with her or is this just a fluke? I have not owned chickens a year yet so this is the first time any of them have laid something weird.

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  2. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    How old is she and has she been laying for a while before this happened?
    I would suggest giving her some oyster shells or dried eggshells for a calcium supplement.
     
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  3. Elizabeth1987

    Elizabeth1987 In the Brooder

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    She is about a year and a half, but I bought her full-grown a couple months ago with two others. Two of the three have started laying a few weeks after the move, but one hasn't. I am thinking it might have come from the one that hasn't been laying. Would that make more sense if it is a "first" egg?
     
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  4. Clemmy

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    could be an infection. but if is a first egg, it is common that it would be a soft egg. I wouldent eat it.
     
  5. m1chelle1

    m1chelle1 Songster

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    Not necessarily. Softshell eggs happen every so often, depending on the chicken, and there is a possibility that this is completely normal. Id do what Cyprus recommended about the calcium supplement and see if its maybe a lack of calcium in the diet. I wouldn't worry TOO much about this, unless it is a common trend. If it occurs more than once in a while, then id say definitely look into it further :) I had a girl who had a softshell maybe once a month or so and there was nothing wrong with her whatsoever, she just happened to lay one occasionally. Each chicken is unique.
    Hope that helps :frow
    ~M
     
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  6. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Yes, it would make sense if it came from the hen that hadn't been laying.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Maybe...were they laying before you bought them?
    Might be start up glitches, we can hope so, hopefully you didn't get a 'lemon'.
    Supplements may or may not be needed.
    What and how exactly are you feeding?
    How did you integrate them into your existing flock?
     

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