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A Mysteriously Small Egg


Our chicken, Inky, laid a teensy, tiny brown egg that is flecked with chocolate brown. The baby egg, as I’ve taken to calling it, is about one-quarter the size of her normal eggs, which are brown, but not speckled. I have no idea why this happened. She is eating the same food, drinking the same water, nothing has changed.


She’s back to laying normal size eggs. Apparently the baby egg was a one off.

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40 Responses to “A Mysteriously Small Egg”

  1. 1
    august95 Says:

    Chickens are so strange. Funny she would lay one so small if she is a regular layer. Never had a small egg but I had a 91g egg once… poor chicken!

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    Renai Says:

    Strange! I’d be curious to see what the yolk ratio was like inside!

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    Julie S Says:

    We occasionally get a small egg from one of our chickens. I cracked open the last two we got, and they had no yolk. I don’t know why it happens, either. One day we got a HUGE egg. The yolk was at least 2 1/2 inches across. Chickens are strange. :)

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    Amy Says:

    I had the same thing happen last week with one of my Easter Egger hens, and I opened it to discover it was missing a yolk. Chicken misfire, perhaps? :D

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    Kristi Says:

    The tiny eggs that have no yolks are affectionately called “fart eggs”, I’ve gotten a couple in the past :) They are totaly edible – if you don’t mind eating something called a fart egg, hahahaha

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    Sunshine+Design Says:

    That’s a cute little egg!
    .-= Sunshine+Design´s last blog ..Mother’s Day card =-.

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    Gaea Says:

    Maybe she was impersonating a quail :-)

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    Rich Says:

    Your hen has mites! The brown spots are blood from when the mites are crushed.

    You need to treat her with puppy or kitten flea powder and also treat the nesting boxes and the roost poles.

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    Jenn A Says:

    Congrats on getting a “fart egg” (or “wind egg”). We’ve only gotten 1 in 2 years of having chickens.

    The brown spots are not from mites but are just variations in pigments. There are no mites present in the oviduct to “crush” during the egg-laying process. Some of my hens lay mottled eggs from time to time and they don’t have mites – we check them regularly to be sure. Our black star used to lay eggs with purple mottling and our cochin lays brown eggs with brown mottling. Each bird’s eggs are unique in shape, size, coloring, and mottling pattern. The joy of hens!
    .-= Jenn A´s last blog ..Cuban sandwiches =-.

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    Nancy Slough Says:

    I don’t have chickens but I could guess that if that tiny egg were fertalized it would have been the runt of the “litter.”


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    kathy doyle Says:

    I occasionally get one of these tiny eggs, – don’t think it’s anything to worry about, just one of those odd things chickens do!
    .-= kathy doyle´s last blog ..Fruit Tree Blossom =-.

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    Jayne Says:

    One of my chickens once laid an egg like that, and there was no yolk inside! weird!

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    Window On The Prairie Says:

    Very odd. Never had chickens, so I don’t know what would cause that. I guess we all have off days, even chickens.
    .-= Window On The Prairie´s last blog ..Planting Soybeans =-.

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    Justine Says:

    Chickens never fail to entertain! We haven’t gotten a small egg, but we did just get our first double yolker! Glad she’s back to normal eggs!

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    Ivette Ponsler Says:

    Being a Newbie, I am always searching online for posts that can guide me. Thank you

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    SandraH-T Says: of my chickens has now laid 4 Wind eggs 4 days running.She is 3 years old and laid normal eggs until now.

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    Willi Says:

    Sandra–Oh dear, Inky only ever laid the one. Maybe as chickens age they begin to lay more of these little eggs? I wish I had an answer, but I don’t. Good luck! Perhaps call a veterinarian?

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    SandraH-T Says:

    Thanks,Pippins for the pot…no only joking,but it may encourage her to get laying properly again ;) They do look very cute,I may blow them and decorate them for Easter :) It seems young chickens can lay them and older ones too..will let you know what happens. Thanks for your reply Sandra

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    Valerie Says:

    we have had three small eggs in the last week from our reagular layers our chickens are a year old our smallest egg at 34 grams and the largest at 99 grams .

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    SandraH-T Says:

    Hi Valerie,Do the eggs have yolks? One of my Girls laid 4 ‘wind’ eggs but they are Quails eggs sized and have no yolks. They are back to normal laying but as they are now 3 and a half I only get 1 egg a day from the 3 of them :( I do miss those huge double yolkers.Hope yours go back to laying properly ;) Anyone know how long chickens lay for?

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    Valerie Says:

    they did have yolks i was surprised they were tiny I should have got a pic. but since she has laid three i may get another chance for a pic .

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    Adam Says:

    Hi, now i thought that little egg was from the same chicken! (i have 7, so maybe not!) i get a small yokeless egg every other day, oh how sarah jessica parker would relish in the abunbance of such a supply of “point free” eggs.

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    Natalie Says:

    I have about 65 hens, and after the winter months we get a few of these yolkless little eggs. It is always when they start laying again or when they first start to lay. It happens about as often as I get a double yolk egg, so maybe three times a year. As for the speckles, I have two chickens who lay speckled eggs. They always have from the first time they started laying eggs. I check frequently for mites, and I haven’t seen a problem. Also, mites being a condition that will spread like wildfire throughout a flock, I would expect all of my chickens to be infected. Just a thought on the speckles.

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    Willi Says:

    Natalie–Thanks for your comment on the mites. I’ve carefully checked our girls and I do not think they have mites. I clean their bedding out where they sleep at least once a week and they have plenty of opportunities to dust their feathers…they seem happy and healthy to me. One of our chickens lays double yolks all the time. I kind of feel bad for her because the eggs are so HUGE!

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    Sue Says:

    Every now and again hens will lay these small eggs.

    Any item that goes through their ova duct will end up with a shell on it. There could have been a bit of excess fluid or small mass there and it got a shell.

    If it is like one of my girls it will happen again but not too often.

    Take Care

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    Jenny Says:

    We only started keeping chooks a couple of months ago and all 4 hens (different breeds) laid perfectly normal eggs initially.

    One of the banties went off lay for a couple of weeks then two weeks ago started to lay tiny eggs which are yolks only. She doesn’t lay as often as when she was laying normal eggs either – maybe just 4 in the last fortnight. The latest one, this morning is the size of a grape.

    She seems healthy & happy though and eats the same as the others. I’m concerned she has an internal problem as it’s gone on for a while.

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    keisha Says:

    I have and appenzeller spitzhauben hen that has only laid tiny quail eggs size eggs. they are suppose to have large eggs from what I hear, so what would cause this? God bless you

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    julie Says:

    I just found a grape size egg my hen layed.They were a couple weeks off also…I couldn’t believe it! I asked my mom if would make a mini chicken Ha. I am interested to know whats causing our banties to produce these also.

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    Janet Says:

    I have a chicken that is two years old who laid one of these little eggs yesterday. I figured it did not have a yolk because I don’t think there is room for one. If an egg does not have a yolk, it will not hatch. I guess everyone has an “off” day now and then. I think she may be getting tired. At least she tried!

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    Sherry Daugherty Says:

    I’m glad I goggled this today after getting yet another small brown speckled egg! I have always been told by my elders that a hen’s first and last egg are small. When my ladies give me one this time of year, I always congratulate her on her retirement!! Guess I’ll have to rethink that and tell the old girl to get back to laying!!

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    Lee Cahill Says:

    One of my hens has stated to lay half size eggs for no reason?
    Food and water the same as always?
    Can any one shed some light on it?

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    Charles Says:

    Why has my chicken laid only half an egg ?

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    Yanna Hall Says:

    One on my Pekin bantam hens laid some mini eggs, less than half as big as usual…about the size of a black birds egg. As I had a hen just gone broody I put 5 of them and 3 normal size eggs under her and all 5 mini eggs hatched and 2 of the normal sized ones. They are miniature little Pekin bantams and are totally healthy and otherwise normal…and soo cute!

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    Tapestry Says:

    Those pixs look familiar, one of my Barred Rock hens. who is only a year this month, has laid a few quail sized eggs over the past couple of weeks and a few speckled too. The Minoraca chickens who lay white eggs never have done that but the weather has gone from triple digits to 56 degrees in a matter of weeks.
    I wonder if its the weather that makes them do that? since we all agree the food and water, including treats, are the same. I have 4 chickens and they have a chicken palace on wheels (ie tractor) that we move from time to time I wonder if it was a different location that made the smaller eggs. Maybe not? My ladies are always doing something new to keep me on my toes ;-)

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    TractorEnvy Says:

    Sometimes chickens will lay small eggs, called fairy eggs, because something has knocked off their regular cycle. This isn’t anything to be concerned about unless you have a regular layer who starts doing this regularly. Then it might be worth finding out what is causing the distress. This is more common in young chickens who are just coming into their reproductive cycle. It can go on for some time but is nothing to be alarmed about. They will vary in color and will sometimes be yolk-less but it is just a part of maturing for some chickens.

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    Farmer Dave Says:

    Just got my first fart egg. My wife won’t handle it. She called it a freak. Maybe she will think again when she has her sausage and eggs tomorrow. Bring on the wiener.

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    LoopyMummy Says:

    Hahaha….I’ve just had my first Fart Egg too….we thought some naughty pigeon (we have a cheeky family coming down and pinching their food!) had laid an egg in with the chickens…but nope just a naught FART EGG. DOn’t you just love that word! 3cm of brown speckled perfectness! Hve a wonderful picture, but don’t know how to post it!

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    marce Says:

    i just got a wind egg,,strange eh?

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