Wrinkled egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CherylNJ, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. CherylNJ

    CherylNJ Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 20, 2015
    Ocean County, New Jersey
    My Jersey gold is my best layer. We get an egg just about every day or at least 6 a week. Her eggs are the largest beautiful and brown. The other day when we collected the eggs she had one that was bigger than usual and very very wrinkled. I'll post a picture. This is not her first one she's been laying for about 2 months now. What the heck happened to the egg and should I worry. She is since laid two more without issue. Can anyone tell me what happened to the egg?[​IMG]
  2. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty

    May 20, 2012
    Sometimes chickens just have a bad egg day. Maybe she got startled or jumped down from the roost and landed too hard while the shell was being formed on the egg.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    It happens sometimes. Nothing to worry about unless it becomes frequent.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I agree it's just a glitch. Two months in is still a new layer in my mind, and new layers do all sorts of funky things to keep us on our toes. The general public has no idea of all the possible weird things that can happen to eggs as the grocery store eggs are screened and candled. Wrinkles, lumps, bumps, ridges, speckles on the shell. Sometimes no shell at all. Double yolks, blood or meat spots, these things are all normal occurrences. Just keep an eye on your bird and as long as it's not a recurring thing, she's fine.
  5. CherylNJ

    CherylNJ Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 20, 2015
    Ocean County, New Jersey
    I posted this picture about 10 months ago. Myred is still one of my best players but she still lays at least one wrinkled egg a week. She doesn't act like a nervous Nelly, she's actually the boss of The Brood. She's fed layer crumble along with a handful of scratch twice a day and fresh fruits and veggies in the morning before we leave for work. We allow our girls to free-range everyday for about 2 to 3 hours when we come home from work and all day Saturday and Sunday. I'm confident that they get a well rounded diet. I also fill a container once a week which is kept in their coop of crushed shells that come from their eggs. We eat a lot of eggs here so I remove the membrane rinse them off bake them in the oven so they get the nasties off them, and then I crush them. I prefer doing that as opposed to oyster shells. I've only been raising chickens for 19 months so I'm still green, can anyone give me a recommendation on if I'm doing things right or wrong or should I change something. Greatly appreciated it and so do my girls
  6. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2016
    Surrounded by the Amish
    I occasionally get a small wrinkle on an egg once in a while but never that bad
  7. CherylNJ

    CherylNJ Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 20, 2015
    Ocean County, New Jersey
    It's only once a month I get a really bad wrinkled one. But every week there is at least one egg from her that is slightly creased or wrinkled.
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    If all the other birds are laying 'perfect' eggs on that diet, then the one girl just has some malfunction in her shell gland and/or nutrient uptake chemistry.
    It can happen, have had a few birds like that...eggs are fine to eat but those girls go on the stew list.

    BTW no need to remove the membrane, it has protein in it.

    The layer feed should be fine for calcium content....but you are diluting the already probably low(16%) protein with the scratch and other foods.
    Not sure if that what might be causing the wrinkly eggs, but it is a possibility.

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