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Excess Calcium?

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I have 11 pullets 7 RIR and 4 Deleware. They are 22 1/2 weeks old. I started getting eggs last Tuesday. I got 1 that day, none on Wenesday, and have gotten 1 everyday since last Thursday all the way to today(Monday) where I got 3. All the eggs have been laid in the nest boxes and have been hard with no blood issues or shell issues to speak of. However, yesterday I noticed an egg that was a bit rough like sand paper on one side in particular. I researched and read it could be excess calcium. Today one of my three eggs was covered in white speckles and didn't have a sand paper feel to it but didn't feel smooth like the other two collected. From what I understand this could also be a sign of excess calcium.
I feed Purina Flock Raiser 20% protein, oyster shell free choice, scratch grains every now and then maybe 3-4 times a week a few tosses. They get out of the run everyday to eat grass and bugs in a controlled, fenced in 3/4 acres of a 4 1/2 acre lot. I understand new layers will have problems sometimes at the beginning. But this is a bit different then what would be considered common new layer issues from what I have read. If what I am feeding causes excess calcium; then how in the world to people commonly give layer feed, free choice oyster shell, and sometimes even egg shells and not have issues?



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I really wouldn't worry. You are feeding appropriately.

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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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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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