A friend recently gave me some chickens, and I would like to incubate the eggs and expand my flock. My best producer lays eggs that average 2.75 oz almost every day, and she came from Moyers Chicks. They describe them as a hybrid cross between a White Rock egg-layer type female and a Rhode Island Red male. She is less than 2 years old.
Unfortunately there is something wrong with her eggs, they feel extremely chalky / dry to the touch, and are extremely porous. When placed in the incubator almost all of them dehydrate within the first 8 days, despite having the correct temperature and humidity settings. I was quite confused when I went to candle her eggs and they weighed next to nothing and had a hard lump of dehydrated egg rattling around in the shell.
They have plenty of clean water, egg layer rations, and crushed oyster shells. They also get high protein meal worm snacks and occasionally things like pumpkin and squash. They have a very nice coop and a huge field to free range in, and I imagine don't have too much stress.
Has anyone had this kind of problem, and is there any way to correct it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!