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Can someone tell me why one of my chickens keeps laying a broken egg, the shell is very thin and they either come out broken or she breaks it after she lays, they also have as much oyster shells as they want?
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The main reason a hen will lay broken eggs with thin shells is because she is lacking calcium in her diet. Give her either oyster shells or crushed, rinsed eggshells. Also, how old are they? Pullets new to laying will often lay "odd" eggs. Make sure they have plenty of water and layer feed.

 

Here's an article explaining further about calcium.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-key-to-happy-hens-and-healthy-eggs

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F.R.E.E.D.O.M--In order to truly appreciate true freedom, you must:
First Remember Everything Emmanuel Did On account of Mankind
-Sarah/me

Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn... Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
-Psalm 37:4-7
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I give them oyster shells it is all over the ground, I think she might be 4 years old!
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Originally Posted by Mountain Peeps View Post
 

 

The main reason a hen will lay broken eggs with thin shells is because she is lacking calcium in her diet. Give her either oyster shells or crushed, rinsed eggshells. Also, how old are they? Pullets new to laying will often lay "odd" eggs. Make sure they have plenty of water and layer feed.

 

Here's an article explaining further about calcium.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-key-to-happy-hens-and-healthy-eggs

There are some glaring inaccuracies in that 'article'.....here are 2 I found, couldn't read further:

Egg shells are not a substitution for oyster shells, but can be a supplement to the oyster shells, the egg shells move thru the body too quickly to be absorbed.

Feeding egg shells unwashed or uncrushed will not create an egg eater.

 

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I give them oyster shells it is all over the ground, I think she might be 4 years old!

Best to have the oyster shells in a container always available.

....but.....

Your hen is kind of old at 4 years and she may be at the end of her best laying years.

What is her breed?

Has this just started to happen? If so, she may be going into / getting ready to molt, you can get some funky eggs as they go into molt and as they come out of it. 

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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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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Originally Posted by aart View Post
 

There are some glaring inaccuracies in that 'article'.....here are 2 I found, couldn't read further:

Egg shells are not a substitution for oyster shells, but can be a supplement to the oyster shells, the egg shells move thru the body too quickly to be absorbed.

Feeding egg shells unwashed or uncrushed will not create an egg eater.

 

Best to have the oyster shells in a container always available.

....but.....

Your hen is kind of old at 4 years and she may be at the end of her best laying years.

What is her breed?

Has this just started to happen? If so, she may be going into / getting ready to molt, you can get some funky eggs as they go into molt and as they come out of it. 


Sorry you found it that way. That's what I've learned, read and experienced so that is what I wrote.

F.R.E.E.D.O.M--In order to truly appreciate true freedom, you must:
First Remember Everything Emmanuel Did On account of Mankind
-Sarah/me

Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn... Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
-Psalm 37:4-7
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F.R.E.E.D.O.M--In order to truly appreciate true freedom, you must:
First Remember Everything Emmanuel Did On account of Mankind
-Sarah/me

Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn... Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
-Psalm 37:4-7
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Originally Posted by Kaydencedad View Post

I give them oyster shells it is all over the ground, I think she might be 4 years old!


Depending on breed, hens normally start declining on laying eggs around 3-5 years. As they decline, their eggs often become misshapen. 

F.R.E.E.D.O.M--In order to truly appreciate true freedom, you must:
First Remember Everything Emmanuel Did On account of Mankind
-Sarah/me

Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn... Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
-Psalm 37:4-7
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F.R.E.E.D.O.M--In order to truly appreciate true freedom, you must:
First Remember Everything Emmanuel Did On account of Mankind
-Sarah/me

Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn... Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
-Psalm 37:4-7
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Thanks everybody, yes she just started doing it after I moved the five of them, she is the only one that ever started laying again, she is a RIR
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