One of mine does this and sometimes they are just weird looking not even a whole egg? Any ideas?
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I have no roosters so no problem there DrMark but yes she does lay double yolk eggs occasionally but it has been awhile, Thank you, that does seem to fit the whole mystery. I only have 5 hens & they all are pets with names so I want to keep her;
I feed the hens chicken egg shells Bob, almost daily and I make sure they are cooked to avoid them liking their own eggs. None of the others have this problem and this is one of two younger ones kept together and the other chick is perfectly normal?
In that case, it must be some physical or systemic abnormality. The fact that it's intermittent complicates it. She may not be able to assimilate the calcium very well.
Thanks Bob, that must be it for it happens like every couple or three weeks and otherwise her eggs are perfectly normal and very good tasting. I guess there is no harm in eating them?
That is what I have read but the other hens have no problems.
In that case it may have to do with old age or a disease of some sort that prevents her from adding the shell to the egg. Is she a hatchery bird? They're pretty prone to these ailments.
Yes she is a hatchery bird but her sister I got at the same time has no problems but she looks and act perfectly healthy. This happens like maybe once every couple weeks or so.
I use the chicken shells; I will buy some oyster ones, thanks.
She is young (about a year old) and most days she lays a good egg that is why this is so mysterious.
This is a young hen so that wouldn't be it but I will try the oyster shells, thanks.
A hen that normally lays perfect eggs can sometimes lay one with no shell. It could be if she is too fat (too much corn will make a hen fat), or it is too hot, or just a quirk.
I did give her corn in winter and now only a few kernels as a decoy when I want her attention off me but I will cut that out & see it it helps, thanks so much for taking the time to be of help! She is laying perfect eggs except maybe one every 2