Egg shape and size

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It's not so much eating the plants in our garden as we don't grow anything tender and edible, the trouble is the way they scratch stones and rubbish out of the borders and on to the lawn, which makes big problems when mowing the flints. When I do let mine out I make a circle on the grass under the trees with chicken netting and push-in posts, not electrified, which usually contains them. I used to have one brown leghorn who would immediately fly out, but then spend the rest of the time peering through the mesh at her friends and trying to work out how to get in again. And of course they then dig holes in the lawn, you can't win really. Shaking the corn box brings them all running when I want to get them back in the run.
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OOH what beautiful looking hens, what breed are they? I love the cream/buckskin colour at the back. They do look like posh birds :-)

PS Yes I know what you mean about stones on the lawn. Today, I just put some old boards on their side, around the gladiolis . It did the trick. They have a huge garden to go out, but that's the bit they like, because the soil is nice.

Can I ask, which type of soil do you use in your indoor dustbath?
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My girls dustbathe in dry garden soil to which I add a bit of wood ash from the log burner & a sprinkling of Diatom. Some people use play sand.
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Tweetypie wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:27 pm
OOH what beautiful looking hens, what breed are they? I love the cream/buckskin colour at the back. They do look like posh birds :-)

The one outside the netting is Saffron, a Brown Leghorn. The smaller greyish one inside is Nutmeg, a purebred Cream Legbar. The big golden one is my beloved Marigold, a Buff Sussex, the one in my avatar.
Not posh birds, all good layers in their time. I think all chickens are beautiful, like dogs it's lovely to have so many different sizes, breeds and hybrids.
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They are all beautiful. I just love the colour of Marigold. I am tempted to get another hen or two, just so I have enough eggs throughout the week. I'm just a bit cautious about upsetting my pair. They are quite happy together.

Icemaiden - I did wonder if sand was OK to use. I am currently making a little den for them, under the big tree where it is cool and shaded. I am going to put some weather/weed proof membrane down, followed by linoleum, so it can be easily cleaned if necessary and then add sand. This area will be good for winter so they don't get muddy, but in summer will be lovely and cool. Going to post a pic in Dustbath forum. :D
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Another contribution to the Weird Egg Collection. This is from a 2-year-old leghorn hybrid, who has been laying well since starting in March 2018, with only brief pause this winter. She's been laying several like this in the last week or so. One or two have been pecked open and eaten, but this one is typical, seems to have a hole about 1cm. across, barely covered by membrane, clean and untouched. The side of the egg with the hole is flat. The rest of the eggshell is reasonably strong for a hybrid starting her third season. At first I thought she was maybe standing on the egg when she got up and nicking it with her claws, but most of the eggs are clean, like this one, as if a patch of shell on the flat side is undeveloped. Any comments?
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Hi Marigold, one of mine laid an egg similar to this, this week. The hole was on top of the egg, not at the side. I did wonder myself, so hope someone has the answers.
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Not sure at all. If I saw that I would assume somebody had either stood on it or pecked at it because there does seem to be a fracture 'skein' in the depressed bit of shell?
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Yes I thought that. I don't think it was a peck or she would have kept going, though, and the bit of very thin shell would have been fully pushed in and broken. Similarly if she had stood on it when she left the box. It was completely clean and untouched as far as I could see. Also, I've never seen an egg with a flat side like that.
Tasted OK, though, no abnormalities inside.
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Most likely cause is two eggs entering the uterus where the shell is formed. The pressure from the second egg creates a flat on the first.
Stress can cause this and a number of diseases.
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