agriculture, country life, nature, Uncategorized

Shell Shocked

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On the first part of the journey
I was looking at all the life
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
There was sand and hills and rings

Ever since Outdoor Guy brought home an egg with no shell, I’ve been humming the tune of “A Horse With No Name” by America.

For those folks raising poultry, this is nothing new. But have you ever seen an egg without a shell? This was laid by one of the hen pheasants here at the bird farm.  Poultry of all types such as chickens, guineas and quail, will sometimes lay an egg with no shell.

There are several reasons a hen might lay such an egg,  including hot days, insufficient shell-forming material, old-age, insufficient dietary protein, overweight hens or even a hen laying an egg faster than she can shell it.  The breeding pheasants here are young and fed a diet specifically designed to meet the kind and amount of protein required.  They are also provided oyster shell grit to peck and scratch at for additional dietary calcium.  They are far from fat, so that leaves hot weather and stress as the culprits.  I’m guessing hot weather – it spiked up to the 80s here the last few days, which is pretty warm for April in Wyoming.

Last night when Outdoor Guy brought it in to show us, the egg was still full of air and egg-shaped.  As it lay on the counter overnight, air leaked out, giving it this deflated balloon appearance.  And that’s actually what it feels like – a water balloon.  Soft and -mildly squishy with a papery-covering.  When we candled the egg, there was no yolk inside.  So something went goofy with the hen.  But it isn’t something Outdoor Guy is worried about.  Of the more than 30,000 eggs laid at the farm, only three or four of these appear each season.  Whatever hen it was should be back to laying healthy, fertilized eggs in no time.  Life keeps trucking…or rather, clucking right along.

Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain
La, la, la la la la, la la la la la





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