Chicken Laying Liquid Eggs

When a chicken lays an egg, you’re expecting it to be hard and well normal

But when your chicken is laying liquid eggs it can be a cause of concern

This is not normal as an egg needs to have a fully formed shell

So why is your chicken laying liquid eggs?

One of the main reasons could be calcium deficiency

Let’s get into more detail in this article

Why Is My Chicken Laying Liquid Eggs?

It’s hard to give the reasons of a chicken laying eggs that has no shell without having a look at it

But there are a number of reasons why this could happen

One of the main reason could be calcium deficiency

Not Enough Calcium

You see calcium makes up a large portion of the egg shell

You know what this means right?

Your hen needs a lot of calcium when they are laying eggs

So without enough calcium, your hen’s body won’t produce eggs that are fully formed

Or they would lay eggs with very thin shells

It Just Happens Sometimes

Sometimes a hen will lay an egg that is all liquid and no shell so it’s hard to figure out why this has happened

If it’s happened just the one time, it’s nothing to worry about at all

Hen Is Young

If your hen is young and not fully grown adult the first few eggs they lay may not have any shells at all


Another reason why your chicken is laying liquid eggs is due to an illness

Keep an eye out and see if your hen is not feeling well

Is your hen staying away from the flock?

If you notice any unusual behavior it’s best to take your chicken to the avian vets

They would be able to give you expert advice

Stress Related

Hens can get stressed just as we do

This affects them just as how stress can affects us as well

I mean we don’t lay eggs but a hen can get sick from too much stress

You see, the main cause of stress for chickens is their living conditions

Is your hen being picked on by the flock?

How’s the coop looking like? Is it too hot or cold?

Enough space for all your chickens?

These all play a part in stressing a hen out

Now with stress this can cause a loss of appetite, lower their immune system

It can also lead to other similar problems

Make sure you improve the living conditions for your chickens so they are a happy flock!

Old Hen

As a hen starts to age it can affect their egg laying process

This is natural and part of the ageing process

Reasons For Some Egg Whites That Are Watery

A hen can lay a perfect egg, but the egg white is watery

This is a different problem on it’s own

What causes watery egg whites to become watery?

Watery egg whites is a sign of how fresh the egg is

Or it’s a sign of the quality of the egg

You see, a backyard hen will lay eggs that have a much thicker white than one you would buy from the supermarket


Because of the standard of living

Your chickens would be living in excellent conditions, they would be fed the highest quality of food and they would have a lot of space to free range 

Whereas a egg from the supermarket would have a less thick white

This is because their living conditions is not good as they are producing eggs from a profit

Doesn’t matter what they say, in reality it’s the way it is

These chickens don’t have the life that you would provide for your chickens unfortunately

Another reason for watery egg whites can also be because of illness, age or a sign that there is something wrong with your hen

It would be a good idea to take your hen to the avian vet

One illness is called the Egg drop syndrome

What Is Egg Drop Syndrome?

This was first reported in 1976 which was a term used to when a healthy chicken would lay eggs that has soft shells or no shells at all

This disease was likely originated by ducks which then spread to chickens

Unfortunately chickens are the major species that are affected by the disease

A lot of chicken owners have experienced this syndrome with their flock

Some of the signs include

  • Watery egg whites
  • Reduction in egg size
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anemia
  • Diarrhea

These are all the signs to look out for

Egg Yolk Peritonitis

Egg yolk peritonitis is another disease that is diagnosed in laying hens when yolk from the developing egg or a incomplete shell is deposited within the body cavity

How would you know if your hen has egg yolk peritonitis? 

Your hen would stop laying eggs or lay soft shelled eggs, thin shelled or misshapen eggs

You will notice your hen not being active as much where they would rather sit in the nest box rather than walk around

They would even eat less too

Difficulty breathing is another sign too

You can read more about this by clicking here 

If you notice any of these signs or are worried about your hen you should take your hen to the avian vet

Wrapping Up

If your hen is laying liquid eggs it can be a cause of concern

It’s not easy to diagnose what’s wrong without looking at the egg

But you should take your hen to the vets to get them checked out as liquid eggs can carry a high risk of internal infection which can cause health issues

Better to be safe than sorry and get expert advice from the vets





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