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Odd shaped chicken eggs

 
Daniel Jerome
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I love my chickens. The rules in our county only allow me to raise four hens. I have two reds and two speckled. Thus I get brown eggs and blue eggs respectively. One thing that I am really curious about is the fact that one of my red hens is laying odd shaped eggs. There doesn't seem to much of a difference in the end product when it hits the frying pan. What I can say is that they are a lighter brown and that they seem much thinner in shape then the eggs that are produced by the other three chickens. I'm usually not around when any of them are laying eggs so I'm not sure which one is the funky chicken... I spend a good amount of money on feed that is enriched with Omegas and other vitamins. I was wondering if anyone has seen this before.

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Dan Jerome
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Yes, it seems like there's always one hen who lays unusual eggs.

 
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Her oviduct is probably just a bit more narrow than the other hens. The eggs don't start off hard but they harden as they are passing through the oviduct so if it is more narrow, it will squeeze the egg and create the odd shape.  She may lay normal eggs sometimes because the egg passes through the oviduct faster and doesn't get a chance to be squeezed.  As long as she is healthy otherwise, it's nothing to be too concerned about.
 
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I'd say that as long as they are well fed and they have access to calcium in some form, it's all good.  Hens will lay all sorts of different "eggs" throughout their life cycle. It's common for young hens to lay soft shell, no shell and misshapen eggs while they are first beginning to lay.  It's also common among hens that are just beginning to lay again after molting to do the same thing.  It's also the case that each hen has her own "signature" when it comes to their egg size, shape, color, density, texture and pattern.  In a factory setting, chickens that lay weird eggs consistently will be culled even though there is nothing about the eggs that make them inedible.

For a long while I had a hen that laid huge eggs whose shells were super thick and had a spiral textured at one end. That was kinda cool looking but she sure did make a lot of noise laying those things.
Since I started raising chickens, I've come to realize that what you see on store shelves is just a fraction of the actual eggs that are laid.  So many must be "rejected" for looks and shape alone just to maintain the consistent standards of the grocery stores.

I wouldn't worry about your hen unless she seems like she's in some sort of distress.  
 
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I've come to realize that what you see on store shelves is just a fraction of the actual eggs that are laid.  So many must be "rejected" for looks and shape alone just to maintain the consistent standards of the grocery stores.

Those 'rejects' find their way to bakeries, and food manufacturers (where the end consumer never sees them).
 
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I have a few hens that lay odd eggs as well.  One, like yours, lays an egg that is a bit more narrow/elongated than a "normal" egg.  Another almost always has a extra swirly bit of shell at the end.

They get a good feed, lots of foraging, bugs, and kitchen scraps. They are healthy, two and three year olds that lay well.  I've been eating those odd eggs as long as they've been laying them. 

Just the way those chickens are, no harm to me or them from the "odd" eggs. In a way I kinda like my "odd" eggs.  Adds some variety to the egg basket and reminds everyone who eats them that these are natural creatures with their own variety and not factory machines that are culled if they can't meet a "perfect" standard.
 
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