First egg!

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[mention]LadyA [/mention] that’s funny.


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Our first hen to start laying was Izzie, the Bluebell, and she laid on the floor of the Eglu. When the other two girls started laying they both laid in the nest and so did Izzie.
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Morning everyone.

So we had 5 good eggs in a row, (tasted great scrambled). The last one the shell wasn’t as smooth and was slightly pitted near the top.

We didn’t have an egg yesterday and today’s was completely shell less. Should I be concerned or is this normal for young chickens?


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Hi Richard, it’s not unusual for pullets to have a few problems when settling into lay. So long as she is actually managing to get the egg out in one piece, it won’t harm her and she will most probably get the hang of it quite soon. However, as she laid a softie today, keep an eye on her in case she is spending an unusually long time trying to lay, or if you see her straining with no result. Soft eggs are more difficult to lay, less to push against, and if it just won’t come out she might be egg bound. I don’t think this is very likely, it’s probable that tomorrow’s egg will be normal, and that today’s softie was just a hiccup in the stages of developing the egg internally. The shell layer is added last, and a young bird might have temporary problems coordinating this.
Please let us know if she lays tomorrow, and what it’s like.
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Marigold has summed it up perfectly. They will soon get into swing of things and every egg will come out perfectly packaged
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Thanks everyone, really appreciate the thoughtful and clear responses. It’s definitely strange to see an egg without its shell, very peculiar. Glad to hear that she should get the hang of things.


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We always get a few dodgy ones a few days after bonfire week.
You soon realise that eggs come out all sorts of shapes, we have a Maran that lays torpedo shaped ones. Now eggs have to be a standard size to fit in the supermarket box, the average person never sees an "odd" shaped egg
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bigyetiman wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:09 pm
We always get a few dodgy ones a few days after bonfire week.
You soon realise that eggs come out all sorts of shapes, we have a Maran that lays torpedo shaped ones. Now eggs have to be a standard size to fit in the supermarket box, the average person never sees an "odd" shaped egg
Not just size and shape - when I give away eggs to friends, they’re amazed at the blue-green ones!
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