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Livestock => Poultry & Waterfowl => Topic started by: Lavinia on December 29, 2009, 02:17:26 pm

Title: Bantams - no yolks
Post by: Lavinia on December 29, 2009, 02:17:26 pm
About 1 and half years ago we where given a little little bantam who we called Charlotte (long story) she layed an egg about one month later and it was small but beautiful. She doesn;t lay often but in the last week she has layed 3 very small eggs even for her and when we cracked them open there is no yolks in them..... Any ideas.......


Lavinia
Title: Re: Bantams - no yolks
Post by: plumseverywhere on December 30, 2009, 01:20:35 pm
not sure if this will help, I found it on poultryhelp.com -   

No-yolkers are called "dwarf", "wind" [or, more commonly, "fart"] eggs.  Such an egg is most often a pullet's first effort, produced before her laying mechanism is fully geared up.  In a mature hen, a wind egg is unlikely, but can occur if a bit of reproductive tissue breaks away, stimulating the egg producing glands to treat it like a yolk and wrap it in albumen, membranes and a shell as it travels through the egg tube.  You can tell this has occurred if, instead of a yolk, the egg contains a small particle of grayish tissue. In the old days, no yolkers were called "cock" eggs. Since they contained no yolk and therefore can't hatch, our forebears believed they were laid by roosters. This type of egg occurs in many varieties of fowl.  We've found them in chickens, both standard and bantams, guineas and Coturnix Quail (about the size of a small marble).  We'll get photos of any more we get in the future.
Title: Re: Bantams - no yolks
Post by: Lavinia on December 30, 2009, 05:00:11 pm
There was a little bit of grey dark substance in the one i cracked earlier. Never thought to take photo's will if we get any more....that's great info.. thanks