Venus loses the plot … again

November 1, 2008 § Leave a comment

Roughly every four or five weeks (on average), Venus loses the plot, egg-wise. And yesterday was one of those days.

Ella was in one of the nestboxes, and the other girls just scritching in their run. Then we noticed a pale blob, which Lily was trying to tuck under herself. Naturally it had been laid in the middle section of the Winter Garden, where it was least accessible to us. Stewart crawled in and retrieved it.

It was a Venus egg, with quite a shaley shell. And much paler than usual – translucent pale beige-pink, almost Bessie’s egg colour. Fairly normal size – 72g.

Then in the early afternoon we discovered Venus in the nestbox. I turfed her out, and discovered a yolkey mess underneath where she’d been sitting – she’d laid a second egg, this time with no shell or membrane. A big mess.

She’s done that once before – laid an odd egg with a shell, and then ejected a shell-less egg within a few hours. And it’s not unheard of for a hen to lay two eggs within a single 24 hour period; just unusual. 

It will be interesting to see what sort of egg she lays next. Her usual pattern is to have two to four oddities in a row …

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