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Weird Eggs Laid By Our Chickens

There are currently 4 hens and 1 rooster on our homestead.  This week one of our barred rocks decided that she wanted to stay outside the coop at night.  On the sixth morning, I found her dead.  I looked high and low for her every evening but her feathers are very camouflaged right now and I figured she had a good hiding place and was sitting on a nest of eggs somewhere.  It's our first incidence of a chicken taken by a predator in the 2.5 years we have raised chickens.  We think a hawk got her because the leaves around her body were not disturbed and we were viewing a hawk with binoculars the evening before roosting in a tree nearby.  Now we have 3 golden comets who lay an egg maybe once every 2 weeks and 1 barred rock who lays about every other day.  Like most of you probably already know, egg laying decreases during the winter months due to fewer daylight hours.  With our girls getting older, I have witnessed a few odd-shaped eggs the past 6 months and took pictures for posting on the blog.  Irregular eggs is considered normal when chickens age and not a concern if it happens infrequently.   



This is definitely an odd-shaped one.  If it wasn't in the nest box, I probably wouldn't identify it as an egg.



1 comments :

Christopher December 2, 2014 at 1:54 PM  

What a weird and cool looking egg!

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