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My chickens have been laying for about 4 weeks.  I went out this morning and there was an egg on the floor of the roosting quarters that looked like the inside of an egg with a slight beige cover over it...like the start of a shell, but it was not at all a shell...I guess I would say kinda "jelly" like.  Should I be concerned?

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With new layers itd common, do you offer oyster shells?
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I haven't.  My feed store says there is plenty in my layer feed.  Maybe I will throw a bit in with mealworms/scratch....thanks!!!!

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You might just want to offer it by its self as 24/7 access. Because some we eat it and other wont if they dont need it but they tend to eat quite a bit as its supplements calium they need for eggshells.
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That's what's known as a softshell egg...not uncommon in the first month or so of laying.

Softshells from new layers is not necessarily a product of low calcium, it's about their systems getting tuned up to using the calcium.

But having oysters shells available in a separate dish all the time is never a bad idea.

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."

Reply
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thanks for the advice!!!  I'm learning way more than I ever thought possible!!!  Having fun with it all the way!

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Thanks for the advice!  I will get that and start putting it out there... :)

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