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Molting chicken laying soft shell or cracked eggs

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My chicken age 1 /2 yrs started molting.  Now she lays soft or broken shell eggs about twice a week.  I'm giving her extra calcium and vits to see if it improves.

 

Question:  Is it because she's molting why her eggs are like this?  Will she eventually stop laying all together while in full molt?

 

I thought molting stops egg laying?

 

Thank you

post #2 of 5

Are you sure it's her eggs? It usually stops egg laying. Is she laying every day or twice a week?

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Are you sure it's her eggs? It usually stops egg laying. Is she laying every day or twice a week?

We are pretty sure it's her eggs.  Lays probably twice a week.

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I've heard of molting birds laying occasionally but building a new winter coat takes a lot out of them and any strain on the system and available protein usually stops ovulation.

As for the poor quality shells, just make sure the calcium/phosphorus/vitamin D3 ratio is proper. That comes from either a complete layer feed or a grower/all flock feed with oyster shell in a separate container. Few treats unless they are in the form of meat/fish to supplement the protein needed for growing feathers.

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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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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I've heard of molting birds laying occasionally but building a new winter coat takes a lot out of them and any strain on the system and available protein usually stops ovulation.

As for the poor quality shells, just make sure the calcium/phosphorus/vitamin D3 ratio is proper. That comes from either a complete layer feed or a grower/all flock feed with oyster shell in a separate container. Few treats unless they are in the form of meat/fish to supplement the protein needed for growing feathers.

Good advice, thank you.  I didn't know strain and protein stops ovulation.

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