Tiny egg

Urban Homestead

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I went to collect the eggs this morning and I found a tiny one. My Plymouth Rocks and Orpingtons are all reliable layers usually. They seem healthy and are eating the same. There's been some construction down the road that's got to be aggravating them, but they act the same as usual. I wonder what happened? It's the smallest egg that I've ever seen come out of a chicken coop. Surely a cowbird didn't get in there and lay her egg. I let my chickens out of their run during the day, but I still don't think a cowbird would risk being confronted by a much larger bird.
 

The Back 40

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Stranger things have happened. The cowbird I mean.

It could be the stress from the noise that machinery makes.

It's most certainly something to keep your eye on.
 

Gaming John

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I went to collect the eggs this morning and I found a tiny one. My Plymouth Rocks and Orpingtons are all reliable layers usually. They seem healthy and are eating the same. There's been some construction down the road that's got to be aggravating them, but they act the same as usual. I wonder what happened? It's the smallest egg that I've ever seen come out of a chicken coop. Surely a cowbird didn't get in there and lay her egg. I let my chickens out of their run during the day, but I still don't think a cowbird would risk being confronted by a much larger bird.
It could be that the constitution workers were working closer thus making more noise and a lot more vibrations.
 

vincenzosassone

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I went to collect the eggs this morning and I found a tiny one. My Plymouth Rocks and Orpingtons are all reliable layers usually. They seem healthy and are eating the same. There's been some construction down the road that's got to be aggravating them, but they act the same as usual. I wonder what happened? It's the smallest egg that I've ever seen come out of a chicken coop. Surely a cowbird didn't get in there and lay her egg. I let my chickens out of their run during the day, but I still don't think a cowbird would risk being confronted by a much larger bird.
I may know the correct answer!
Chickens aren't like us, they are birds, for this reason they are in many aspect difficult to understand. My grandfather tells me the chickens make eggs in cicle. When they finish one cicle of eggs, there is a period of time where they are inactive, but this is normal. As the grandson of a coop's owner, I have seen a lot of small eggs, you can do a perfect omelette with it.
 

Urban Homestead

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Young chickens first eggs are often very small. Do you have any first time layers?
Okay, so maybe that's it. How strange. I've encountered soft-shelled eggs, which was easily fixed by adding more calcium to their diet, but the tiny egg was a first for me. Luckily, there have been no more tiny eggs, but I'm glad to know why it happens. I looked up the cowbird's egg to compare the two and the egg definitely didn't come from a cowbird.

@vincenzosassone, I cracked it open and there was no yolk. It was odd.
 

RichZ

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I don' want to dispute the other theories, but if you had some first time layers, I'm quite sure one of them was the source of the tiny egg. Her next egg will probably be normal sized.
 
 
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