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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:33 pm 
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Hi everyone, I'm wondering if anyone has any insights into this strange "egg" that was laid by one of my backyard chooks this morning. She is an Isa Brown (one of two that we own, no rooster) and has been laying for about 5 weeks now. She has laid a couple of soft-shelled eggs previously, but generally her eggs are completely normal and she lays every day without fail. She has also laid a few double-yolkers in the past couple of weeks. Today she has been a bit quiet and then laid this very abnormal and concerning looking mass of tissue/yolk. She is now back to behaving like her usual self. We are new to owning chooks so have no idea what could be going on. She has a good diet including shell grit and is free range. Any ideas/suggestions appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:14 pm 
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Hi naomic84 and welcome to BYP
It is not unusual' especially in an older commercial hybrid hen. As they age their reproductive system deteriorates and sometimes strange things happen at the egg end including shell less eggs and double yolkers.
Sometimes hens lay 'unusual' things when they first commence laying This generally settles down fairly quickly.
This one looks to be some yolk, some albumen and some body tissue which has been eliminated thru the reproductive tract. An ocassional strange egg is OK but if it happens frequently there is something amiss.
Can you give us some details about her diet. What is she fed and rough proportions of chook food/scraps/treats.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:42 pm 
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Hi Sue, thanks a lot for your reassuring reply. I was concerned about the body tissue so it's good to know that this doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong. Our chooks eat mainly chicken feed with shell grit mixed in, but also have half a tin of corn between them each day as well as a small amount of other scraps - mostly vegetables. If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve their diet it would be much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:50 pm 
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Better to leave the shell grit separate so that they can self serve as needed. Good quality chook food already has added calcium. Too much can cause shell problems. You will notice a fluctuation in their shell grit consumption during the laying season.
High out put birds like ISA have a high need for protein - check that the chook feed is at least 15% protein and that this makes up 80-90% of their diet. (I prefer 16/17% for heavy layers)
In the hot weather try a small amount of frozen corn as a treat.


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