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No shell or thin shell egg (who did it?)

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Hello everyone,
I have 13 pullets that are starting to lay eggs. They were hatched April 20th. so they are 5 months (20 weeks). Three of my pullets have been laying for about three weeks but I noticed this week while I was cleaning under the roost, a no shell or thin shelled egg. This is the second one. Both eggs I found under the roost on the poop table. I know three of my hens are laying great with really thick shells with no problems. Here are my questions:

1.) How do you find out who is laying what egg? any tricks? (I need to find out who is laying the thin/no shell egg). I can't stay out there all day and watch!

2.) Is it a no shell or a thin shell egg? It was broken and I think that some of the pullets might have eaten some of it.

3.) could this just be because it is the first two eggs or should I try and fix the diet of my pullets?

I feed scratch and peck layer in a feeder and also feed fermented scratch and peck in the mornings. They all LOVE the fermented feed. I also just started to put out oyster shells last week.
Occasionally I will throw in greens from weeding my garden and also BOSS. They free range most of the day and all seem healthy and active.

Thanks
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Originally Posted by Lissy View Post

Hello everyone,
I have 13 pullets that are starting to lay eggs. They were hatched April 20th. so they are 5 months (20 weeks). Three of my pullets have been laying for about three weeks but I noticed this week while I was cleaning under the roost, a no shell or thin shelled egg. This is the second one. Both eggs I found under the roost on the poop table. I know three of my hens are laying great with really thick shells with no problems. Here are my questions:

1.) How do you find out who is laying what egg? any tricks? (I need to find out who is laying the thin/no shell egg). I can't stay out there all day and watch!

2.) Is it a no shell or a thin shell egg? It was broken and I think that some of the pullets might have eaten some of it.

3.) could this just be because it is the first two eggs or should I try and fix the diet of my pullets?

I feed scratch and peck layer in a feeder and also feed fermented scratch and peck in the mornings. They all LOVE the fermented feed. I also just started to put out oyster shells last week.
Occasionally I will throw in greens from weeding my garden and also BOSS. They free range most of the day and all seem healthy and active.

Thanks


2) It's a no shell egg.

 

3) Hens first eggs are normally like this.

post #3 of 4
Your scratch feed should be very limited.... No more than 10% of total diet since it's so low in protein.... About 8%.
post #4 of 4

Your layer feed is a complete feed nutritionally and any supplementation will skew the nutrition. I'd cut out everything else till all your eggs are good.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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