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Friday, April 10, 2015

No Shell

 This evening, I was wondering around the garden when something unusual caught my eye.  It was sitting on a stepping stone in one of the flower beds.

By the way, notice the cool reflection of our locust tree in the bird bath.


I got a closer look.  


Oh my!  It's an egg.  An egg with no shell.


The size seems to be right for a robin's egg.


What I can't show with a photo is how the egg gives.  It is squishy if you will.

I remember gathering chicken eggs on my parents' farm growing up and occasionally finding an egg like this in the nests.  No idea why it happens.  I left it out in nature after sharing the find with my wonderful husband.  He'd never seen an egg without a shell before.




12 comments:

  1. Wow-that was a neat find.
    Looks like you've been getting good time in outside. Hubby and I are in Iowa for a few days escaping the weather back home but will be heading home tomorrow (sunny and 60---that will feel nice!!) Have a good weekend.

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  2. I've never seen one either -- how unusual!

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  3. GonSS, yes, I've seen eggs like that but not in the wild. It usually results from not enough calcium in the diet. Calcium is what birds use to make the shells. We fed our chickens crushed oyster shells to give them good calcium for egg shells. I'm pretty sure that Mom crushed the egg shells and fed them back to the chickens. The ultimate recycling. :-)

    Have a great day in the gardens.

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    1. I remember our chickens getting crushed oyster shells too.
      Seems odd that in addition to no shell, this egg was in the open by the bird bath.

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  4. I've never seen that before! I'm sure it will become dinner for some other creature but such is the cycle of life.

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  5. an odd thing for sure. birds are clever beyond humans in many ways. She must have known that her egg was not viable so she did not lay it in her nest where it would contaminate good eggs. Very interesting.

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  6. I loved your comment about little garden gloves -- oh, they do! Just like Nana's wouldn't that be great!

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  7. That is so strange. I don't think I've ever seen something like that....and I look at a lot of birds! Cool.

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  8. PS. Have your nightjars come back? I think it was a Common Nighthawk you took a pic of a couple years ago.

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    1. I haven't seen any in the yard like that one napping on the clothes line pole, but my husband has seen them in the morning flying or sitting on some power poles in the neighborhood.

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  9. Every now and then an egg like this will turn up in one of our nesting boxes. Definitely weird.

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