:-(

Yesterday afternoon, Little Dude and I discovered another egg in the laying boxes, leading me to the thought that we now have three laying hens.

This morning, we were up a little early (trying to get back into the groove for Back to School) and as we were saying ‘good-morning’ to our little fluffy butts, I noticed a very fresh, very newly laid soft shelled egg.  Fully formed, but wet and rubbery.  Yuck.

I am unsure if this is a new hen or one of the ones who have previously laid.  It’s too early in the morning to be Abby and it wasn’t in ‘her box.’  (Yes, I realize that’s not a real consideration, but she’s used that same box 11 out of 12 times she’s laid an egg.  It’s hers.)

I have been putting layer feed in one of the three feeders we have in the coop, as up until yesterday, I only had the one laying hen, and she only just turned 18 weeks last week.  Also, I had a half bag of the grower/finisher left and they like it, so I didn’t want to waste it. I might need to start putting it in a second feeder, I guess.

As Abby has been laying very nice eggs, I didn’t think I would need the oyster shells for a while, but today I set out a bowl of them, just in case.  It was immediately ignored in favor of whatever bugs/etc were waiting outside in the grass.

Hopefully, though, whoever laid this egg will be okay and find both the oyster shells and the layer feed to her liking.

Lisa, over at Fresh Eggs Daily, has a really nice post on causes and prevention … but if anyone has any other good tips, or just want to give this sad chicken mama some encouragement, I’d be grateful.

I do feel sad.  So did Little Dude.  Nothing dampens your spirits like a rubbery egg.  😦

3 thoughts on “:-(

    1. I hope not, too. The article I read on Fresh Eggs Daily says it can be common for young hens when they first lay. I have 16 young hens who could all start laying any time now, so maybe it was bound to happen? But it was still sad. It would have been a nice sized egg if it hadn’t been rubbery.

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  1. I am no expert. I’m just a wanna be chicken-lady, but from what I have read, I think it is quite likely that this is a first egg from one of your other hens. I have heard that they often choose to use the same nesting box as another hen. You are doing the right thing by verifying that their nutrition is correct. I wouldn’t worry too much unless it becomes a common occurrence.

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