Abnormal Eggs



Do you find funny looking eggs in your chicken coop or duck house  from time to time? Most research I have read says that  an occasional odd egg is nothing to worry about.

Some issues related to strange eggs. 

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Not enough Calcium-

This is easily remedied by adding crushed egg shells,  or a commercial calcium supplement to the Hen’s diet. Many people use a crushed oyster shell supplement which is sold in bags at  most feed stores.

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The wavy egg shells on these eggs was remedied by adding calcium to the chicken coop, free choice and apple cider vinegar to the water.

Stress –

  Do your Hens  have a stress free environment to lay their eggs? Giving your hens a box that is enclosed on at least three sides makes them more at ease. Some people have added curtains to the front of the next box for added privacy . My duck hens also like a dark spot but they prefer a secluded corner.

Age of the Hen- 

an occasional odd egg at the beginning of  the hens laying can be expected. And on the flip side of this, an older hen may also lay a strange looking egg.

Unless you have a hen laying a strange looking egg every day, odd eggs are not a big concern. Using a properly formulated laying ration,  plenty of clean water, and a calcium source fed free choice ( to chickens ), goes a long way to giving your hens a long productive egg laying life. (note-  I don’t feed my ducks a free choice calcium supplement because they rarely have an issue with the duck eggs  and I use a good balanced duck ration.)

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Egg coloring is applied last as the egg travels down the oviduct. I was surprised one day to find this dark green egg in the duck house. It turned out to be the only time but it sure was a beautiful dark olive green.


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