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Yellow sticky substance on egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Birdfeathers123, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. In the past month, there were a few times where I found eggs covered with a yellow sticky substance (no odor). My hens ate an egg once and it was obvious because there were some shell pieces left in the nesting box. However, these past few times I haven't noticed any evidence of an eaten egg (no egg shell left over, not much yellow goo anywhere else but the eggs), so I am led to think it is something else besides the yolk of an eaten egg.

    I thought it might be worms - I de-wormed in the fall and was planning on doing it again in the late spring, but perhaps I have to de-worm now if this is a sign of worms?

    Does anyone know what this might be? The hens laying these eggs are 1 year old.

    Thank you!!


  2. kearstin17

    kearstin17 Chirping

    Apr 28, 2012
    Grand junction
    My chickens eggs sometimes look like that. it is where a eggs was broken. they will eat everything including the shell. so even though your not seeing a shell I am pretty sure you have a egg eater in the bunch.
  3. Ok - that is actually a huge relief that it's probably a broken egg and not some disease issue. I hear that filling a blown egg with mustard and putting it in the coup will help prevent further egg eating behavior because it tastes bad to them... so maybe I'll try that. Thank you very much for your response!!

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