Dot lays a tiny egg

At the moment we only have Dot and Cloud laying. They both laid two days ago and they both laid again today. First Cloud laid in the nest box. Then Dot went to her favourite corner of the chicken shed.

When I returned to check Dot was just leaving the chicken shed. At first I thought there wasn’t an egg and then I spotted a tiny egg. Dot has never had any egg laying issues before so I was very surprised at this.

Dot’s tiny egg
Dot’s tiny egg next to her egg laid two days ago
Dot’s last two eggs with Cloud’s egg on the right
Dot’s egg once broken

The egg shell was really hard and it took several hard cracks on the side of the dish to break it. It has a yolk which I think got broken when I was trying to crack the shell.

I asked google why an older hen would lay a tiny egg when she has always laid normally before. It said that it can happen in older hens at the end of the season just before they go into the moult. This is what I had thought it may be.

It will be interesting to see if this is Dot’s last egg for this year or if she lays any more and what they are like. These girls can always throw a surprise at me.

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4 Responses to Dot lays a tiny egg

  1. marion.pharo says:

    That is a tiny egg. Good to know, what you though could be the answer was right.

  2. DAVID says:

    Strangely, I had 2 eggs like that today, one tiny and one about half the size of a normal bantam egg. Explanation would seem to fit: thank you!

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