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I've had birds before and have never seen an egg like I did today. It was underneath the roosting bars, as if it had been layed in mid-air. The shell was super-thin - nearly transparent. It had cracked open and the insides looked fine.<br><br>
Any ideas?<br><br>
BTW we've been getting great, thick-shelled eggs for quite a few weeks, but I'm not sure how many of the three hens have been putting out. I have a polish, but haven't gotten any white eggs, which I had though polish lay. Maybe this is the start of the polish? I've just never seen anything like this before.
 

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I think it's a calcuim deficiency perhaps. One of our hens did this as she was getting started, but I also increased their oyster shells, so it's hard to say which was the cause/cure.
 

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The same thing happened with our chickens as well. If you don't give them extra calcium, they'll start eating the eggs to get the calcium, and once that happens, it's a habit that's hard to break.
 

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It's probably one of your hens' first eggs. Sometimes the first one comes out with the shell absent, even. Just the membrane holding the white and yolk.
 

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Unless different breeds have differing calcium needs, I'm going to guess this is the case. Weeks before and now days after I'm still getting good, thick-shelled eggs from someone. And they all have access to the same range/feed.<br><br>
BTW, the golden sex-link hen seems to be laying consistently even in these dark days. We have three hens: sex-link, australorp (sp?) and polish bantam. We are getting at least one egg a day, rarely two. They hatched in late, late May (later in the season than I wanted, but couldn't be helped).
 

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My old neighbour has polish hens. Only the white ones laid white eggs.
 

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The last polish I had laid white, too. I haven't seen a white one yet, so maybe she's not laying. Not heavy layers as I recall, so maybe she won't start up in earnest until Spring.
 

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It sounds like a first egg to me too! How exciting, sounds like you'll have more eggs around your house soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It sounds like a first egg to me too! How exciting, sounds like you'll have more eggs around your house soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Yay! I've been wanting to share but haven't had enough yet.<br><br>
I gotta add, too, that I just Loooove having these ladies around. They follow me around the yard like puppies - they come running after me. They're so happy and light. I'm happy to not have any roosters, too, although I may borrow one in the spring to experiment with breeding and maybe try to build the flock naturally.
 

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If it only happened once, I would chalk it up as a misfire. Happens now and again. No big deal. I've only increase calcium if I find that I'm getting several thin shelled eggs.
 

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We use an old meat grinder to grind up their eggshells and then mix them into the feed, it seems to give them the extra calcium they need. my hens are such fun more than I evere would have thought<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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