Why on earth are her eggs like this??

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Why on earth are her eggs like this??

Postby PogonaVitticeps » Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:05 pm

Well, I recently took in 2 hens... Possible X-battery hens...

One unfortunately passed away a few weekends ago and I done all I could

The other one lays strange eggs... It isn't letting me upload a photo but I'll try later..... Her eggs look like they have veins on the outside, not actual veins but they are wrinkly if you know what I mean...

Why?!


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Re: Why on earth are her eggs like this??

Postby chrismahon » Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:12 pm

Poor remaining little girl PV. Chickens are not solitary creatures and I suggest you get a replacement or find her a new home very quickly. Sounds like a tired hen laying thing. We have one old hen who lays wrinkly shelled eggs sometimes. They may look odd but the contents should be fine. It will be wear and tear in the ovaduct which will have lost its shape somewhat -gone a bit saggy. So the shell, when deposited over the membrane covered egg, follows the same shape.
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Re: Why on earth are her eggs like this??

Postby Marigold » Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:21 pm

When you say 'possibly ex-batts' it sounds as if someone else had rehomed them first and then you took them on, is that right? In which case they were probably 3+ years old when you got them, as battery hens are usually culled after their second year in lay, and at this point a lucky few get rehomed. After this age, they slowly stop laying, or start laying weird eggs like the one you describe, or begin to lay eggs with thin shells or no shells at all, just membranes, or they get prolapses. Sadly this is a sign that their egglaying apparatus is no longer functioning properly, because they have been bred to lay so frequently whilst in their first two years that all their eggs have been used up. A hen is born with a certain number of egg cells in her ovaries, just like us, and releases one every time she lays an egg, and when they're gone, they're gone and she has reached the 'henopause.' All hens reach this stage eventually, though with purebreds it's often later in life because they don't usually lay so regularly in their early years so the egg supply lasts longer.
Nothing really you can do about it, i'm sorry to say, it's just inevitable ageing. In younger hens, abdnormal shells can be due to calcium deficiency, but in mature hens fed on good layers pellets this is unlikely to be the case, though hens at the end of laying maybe can't absorb calcium so well as when they were younger.
I agree with chris that she will be lonely on her own, though you also have to understand that it may be difficult to integrate her with younger ones. If you want to go on keeping hens, you had best get two or three rather than one, as the present hen may not last very long and then you will have the 'single lonely hen' problem all over again if you only get one companion for her.
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Why on earth are her eggs like this??

Postby PogonaVitticeps » Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:47 pm

I have another chicken who was solitary so I got those two for her. Do I have two at the min


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Why on earth are her eggs like this??

Postby PogonaVitticeps » Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:50 pm

I'll read the rest after school :)


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Why on earth are her eggs like this??

Postby PogonaVitticeps » Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:22 pm

Marigold wrote:When you say 'possibly ex-batts' it sounds as if someone else had rehomed them first and then you took them on, is that right? In which case they were probably 3+ years old when you got them, as battery hens are usually culled after their second year in lay, and at this point a lucky few get rehomed. After this age, they slowly stop laying, or start laying weird eggs like the one you describe, or begin to lay eggs with thin shells or no shells at all, just membranes, or they get prolapses. Sadly this is a sign that their egglaying apparatus is no longer functioning properly, because they have been bred to lay so frequently whilst in their first two years that all their eggs have been used up. A hen is born with a certain number of egg cells in her ovaries, just like us, and releases one every time she lays an egg, and when they're gone, they're gone and she has reached the 'henopause.' All hens reach this stage eventually, though with purebreds it's often later in life because they don't usually lay so regularly in their early years so the egg supply lasts longer.
Nothing really you can do about it, i'm sorry to say, it's just inevitable ageing. In younger hens, abdnormal shells can be due to calcium deficiency, but in mature hens fed on good layers pellets this is unlikely to be the case, though hens at the end of laying maybe can't absorb calcium so well as when they were younger.
I agree with chris that she will be lonely on her own, though you also have to understand that it may be difficult to integrate her with younger ones. If you want to go on keeping hens, you had best get two or three rather than one, as the present hen may not last very long and then you will have the 'single lonely hen' problem all over again if you only get one companion for her.


Yes you are correct. I regimes them from a woman who my mum knows. I had a rooster and a hen before (still have the hen :) ) the rooster was being a bully to her so I have him to my friend who has a lot of hens where the rooster has plenty of hens to keep his eye on. You've explained that very well to me, thank you :) but I currently have two end that run about my garden having fun all day by the looks of things, they follow each other everywhere and I love them too!!! Sadly, my other rehomes hen died as I said... I noticed the her tail was dropping and so I read my book and isn't the thing on their head the comb? Well that had flopped over too and I was told she had worms. So I went to the bet and got chicken wormer but it didn't seem to work and unfortunately a day or two later she passed away. :( my poor baby :( 7th of April.... I'm kinda worried in case my other hens dig her up...... Though they don't seem to go near where she is buried any more. Also, that was the worst egg I'd ever seen!

[img]http://img.tapatalk.com/56a9cf25-c57e-dd4d.jpg[/img]

Usually the just look like they have deep scrapes on them!

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Here's my other hens eggs in comparison

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But thanks a lot for the quick help! I thought she was sick! I couldn't have that! My other poor little hen would be sad! I absolutely adore my chickens. I love just sitting outside with them! Lol they have such a personality! The little hen that I hatched myself always follows me about and when I don't pay attention to her she gets annoyed and starts to peck me then when I look round she runs away! Hehe I love them so much!!





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Re: Why on earth are her eggs like this??

Postby Marigold » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:45 pm

[quote="I noticed the her tail was dropping and so I read my book and isn't the thing on their head the comb? Well that had flopped over too and I was told she had worms. So I went to the bet and got chicken wormer but it didn't seem to work and unfortunately a day or two later she passed away. :( my poor baby But thanks a lot for the quick help! I thought she was sick! [/quote]

You don't need to take your hens to the vet to get a prescription for chicken wormer. Pogona. You can buy Flubenvet online (eg from Pet Dispensary at http://www.petdispensary.co.uk/cgi-bin/ ... search.y=3 ) and this is the only fully effective non-prescription wormer, safe to use and you can eat the eggs during the 7 days the hens are being dosed. It's very important indeed to worm al, your hens every 6 months, as all hens have worms and if not treated the worms will grow in their guts, take the nourishment from their food, and cause all sorts of other illness problems. If regularly wormed with the right medicine they will stay healthy for longer.
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Why on earth are her eggs like this??

Postby PogonaVitticeps » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:34 pm

I got 3 insulin syringes (with out needles on them) from the vet with the stuff in them. She said to put it on the back of their neck - like worming a cat. Do you think this will have worked? I'll be getting that flubenvet you suggested :) thank you very much! :) at least I know it'll work!


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Re: Why on earth are her eggs like this??

Postby Marigold » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:34 pm

You need to be sure thre hens are eating their full dose of Flubenvet, which you add to their food. There are some threads on here about how to do this, but ask again if you can't find the information you need.
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