Tuesday, August 04, 2009

bag o' egg

I found this strange little oddity in the hen house yesterday. I believe it is Antarina's (Briar's Auracana chicken) first egg. We'll see! She's supposed to have pale blue eggs just as the one she hatched out of. But this egg has NO shell. Just a sack! Sack of egg. Equal parts revolting and amazing.
I had remembered when I was living with my boyfriend's parents as a teenager finding this same phenomenon in their coop one day. Over the years I had wondered if I had imagined it...or dreampt it. Guess not! Bag of egg is real!!!!!

The 'shell' looked like a deflated balloon after we had emptied it. *After a Google search, I found that it can be a symptom of an immature 'shell gland' (what the hell is that??) or a host of more serious problems....We'll go with immaturity! (I seriously doubt it is deficiency of any kind. Everyone else is fine and I have taken measures to ensure that everyone is nutritionally 'satisfied' previously.....
Also, I found a site that give instructions to MAKE a naked egg! I think we'll be trying that out next!

5 comments:

Michelle said...

Your blog is fun and interesting. This egg find and the explanation was fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

Monica said...

My sister and I did that "naked egg" thing when we were kids. It was fun and kinda yucky!

Hawkfeather said...

we fed our chickens bits of shell.. it sounds weird... but the *bone* helped to harden the shells .. it was finely ground and we just added a handful in with their food...
and we got much less shell-less eggs..
and weirdo eggs.
although a good weirdo egg can be fun.

Anonymous said...

THis can also be a symptom of your husband dropping the henhouse on your hen....she did survive and 2 weeks started laying again.

Rachel
New Zealand

Annie said...

How neat is that?!