Why are my guinea fowl laying eggs without shells?
You find a guinea egg without a shell. It's just an egg in a membrane. What's going on?! Don't freak out, there's several things that can cause this.
- Your guinea hens are young and have just started laying. There systems aren't all "go" yet and so you may get some eggs without shells. Give them some time and they should start laying normal eggs. In fact, guinea eggs have harder, thicker shells than chicken eggs do. Guinea hens usually start laying eggs the spring after they are hatched. If they are hatched early enough in the year, they may lay a few small, weird eggs here or there. This is the most likely case when you find a shell-less egg.
- Your guineas may have a calcium deficiency. We recommend supplementing your guinea's diet with chicken layer feed because of the additional calcium. Remember, don't feed your guineas too heavily if you want them to eat ticks or else they will not forage as heavily. Consider giving them supplemental feed in the evening to help draw them back into the coop (if you coop them in the evening).
- The flock may be stressed. If a flock is stressed, it may affect their laying habits and lead to shell-less eggs. Predators moving the flock around during the night when eggs are being formed is usually the culprit.
- The hen may be sick. If the hen is stressed, like I mentioned above, it can lead to incomplete egg formation.
- Your guinea hen may be old. Old age can lead to incomplete eggs as well.
I hope that helps, fellow fowl farmer.