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First egg or calcium deficiency?

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I have several hens that are laying but three that have not started yet.  I don't know if this could be a first egg?  I've been feeding oyster shell and laying pellets?  Any input would be appreciated.

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Could be a first egg,  if you have any hens that are moulting it is more likely from one of them as the moult is so draining on them that they usually stop/slow laying. My moulting hens have layed a few odd shaped eggs, a few teeny eggs and one without a shell like yours. If they are getting layers pellets and oyster shell i wouldn't be worried about calcium deficiency.

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It could be.  Some pullets start laying off soft shelled eggs, it's completely normal.  As all of the kinks of the new egg factory get worked out, they will become normal eggs.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Soft shells, and other oddities, can be pretty common within the first month or so of laying.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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