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This luminescent orb is an egg that Paul just collected. As the days get longer and longer our egg production is quite high. However, we’ve been having a bit of trouble lately.  Just this morning there were two crushed eggs in the nesting boxes with the egg all eaten out of the middle (hens love to eat eggs.), and it’s not the first time that’s happened.  We get some super weird shapes and yesterday I could tell an egg had a very soft shell that set up after it was laid–it was a firm shell, but flat on the side the egg sat on.  And now we have this soft shelled wonder. We could pinch the thin shell:

and poke it:

It looks like a lemon sort of:


About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

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  1. What great pictures! We had an egg with a very thin shell a couple of days ago but couldn’t even pick it up without breaking. I hope you sort out the egg-eating problem – I’ve read that filling blown eggs with hot mustard can work, but you have to do it over a period of a few days which sounds like far too much effort to me!

  2. Wow, crazy! It seems like I read somewhere that a hens’ eggs’ shells get thinner as the hen ages. Do you know if that’s true?


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