Broken egg

Discussion in 'Emergencies, Illness, Meds & Cures' started by cat, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. cat

    cat New Member

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    I have 4 six month old girls. They just started hatching and tonight I found one of their eggs was broken. It appears that the shell did not develop entirely before it was hatched. Is this normal and/or any advice?
     
  2. doubleoakfarm

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    Yes, perfectly normal. Looks like you might have a "shelless" egg. Is the shell part soft?
     

  3. cat

    cat New Member

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    Ok thanks. Yes the shell is soft.
     
  4. doubleoakfarm

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    The shell is the last part of an eggs trip through the chicken. Sometimes the part that excretes the shell misfires especially on a younger chicken. My kids live to find soft eggs. :)
     
  5. robopetz

    robopetz New Member

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    Lack of calcium?
     
  6. doubleoakfarm

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    Lack of calcium would give you a thin shell. An egg with no shell and just the membrane is something different.
     
  7. cat

    cat New Member

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    Thanks for all your replies. Hopefully it doesn't happen too often. I do mix oyster shells into their feed which should give them plenty of calcium.
     
  8. Keith

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    Does your flock forage?
     
  9. cat

    cat New Member

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    Thy so forage in my backyard at least an hour a day...why so you ask?
     
  10. cat

    cat New Member

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    My last message meant to say they do forage in my backyard at least an hour per day....why do you ask.
     
  11. doubleoakfarm

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    I'm curious too as to why foraging matters in this situation.
     
  12. realsis

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    I have read that it's normal for young females to do that Evey now and then. Especially when they are first starting to lay.