Yolks smeared on the outside?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MyLuvlyChix, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. MyLuvlyChix

    MyLuvlyChix Hatching

    Sep 4, 2012
    We acquired 4 older white leghorn hens from a neighbor in May. It's been a warm humid summer. And we still only get about 3 or 4 eggs a week from the whole flock. And it looks like there is egg yolk smeared on the outside of the egg, so we have to really scrub the eggs when we collect them. It's yellow and smeared all over the egg, and the grass in the nest sticks to it. It's like a broken yolk that gets dried onto a plate. What is this really? I considered that it could really be broken eggs (cannibalized), but there is no evidence of broken eggs or pieces of egg shell in the nest. What can I do to fix the problem?
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    Sounds like you may have an egg eater…they may like shell and all?
    I thought leghorns were high volume layers, would wonder if they are older, may not lay too often…you know, old ladies?
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Yes there was an egg that was broken. I see that occasionally, and I have a couple who lay thin shelled eggs which break easily. You may want to increase your calcium by making sure they are getting crushed oyster shell or crushed egg shells, gather your eggs more often, and make sure they are getting at least 16% protein.

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