Yolk on eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by martinliss, May 24, 2016.

  1. martinliss

    martinliss Just Hatched

    May 24, 2016
    We have 5 hens and recently we have been finding a small amount of yolk on our eggs with no sign of broken shells. What can be happening?
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    Most likely your birds are eating the shells/egg. Try to provide your birds with extra calcium (I have started feeding my birds their shells back to them, crushed). That will probably take care of the problem, otherwise you can buy ceramic eggs to put in the next to discourage egg eating.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    It sounds like you may have an egg eater over there. Either deliberate (bad habit), or accidental/opportunist (the egg broke when laid, so they ate it.

    Here are some tips on breaking the habit:


    To prevent breakages in the nest box, collect the eggs as often as possible, make sure you have enough nest boxes (1 per 3-4 hens is good) and enough soft materials to pad the boxes. Straw, grass, sand… etc.

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