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I have a feb 15 born white leghorn and she has an interresting issue. She lays leather eggs from the roost at night any time i free range her. I have oyster shells at all times for my girls and the free feed on layena pellets. I don't give many treats, 6 hens and 3 handfuls of scratch evrry 2 days or so, maybe the ends of some bread, and and bugs or grass they find.

Should i worry? This has been going on since aug. Any help is appreciated,
David
post #2 of 8

I think I don't understand what is meant by "leather egg". A picture would be helpful.

 

Is it an actual egg or does it look and feel rubbery? Here is an article on common egg problems

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/common-egg-quality-problems

 

or it could be a lash egg

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/12/salpingitis-lash-eggs-in-backyard.html

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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
It is like a rubber egg with a very light covering of calcium. It is like she wants to get rid of the egg before its done. Definitly not a lash egg. Thanks
post #4 of 8

Then you had a shell less egg. But it is odd that she does it often on a good feed regimen. You may want to read through this article that may explain in more detail various reason other than calcium deficiency. It could even possibly be from a genetic defect.

http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/causes-and-cures-for-soft-shelled-and-shell-less-eggs/

 

Hope this helps solve the mystery.

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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks i've actually read that artical about 4 times now☺. It has to be an imbalance she causes herself when she free ranges. The problem is i want to free range them and i cant let her😢. Maybe she will just get 2-3 ree range days a week from now on.
post #6 of 8

So she only lays softies when she's been free ranging?

Could be a stress thing.

 

I'd lock em up for a couple weeks and cut out anything but layer feed and see what happens,

then add one aspect back each week following confinement starting with ranging.

Sounds drastic, but good way to pinpoint a problem is to take one thing at a time.


Edited by aart - 12/3/15 at 9:37am

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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post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks aart, already on the confinment thing. Its been about 4 weeks now due to getting them in their new coop and being out of town a bit. I will be trying to start free ranging again this weekend.
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Thanks aart, already on the confinment thing. Its been about 4 weeks now due to getting them in their new coop and being out of town a bit. I will be trying to start free ranging again this weekend.

 

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Originally Posted by aart View Post
 

So she only lays softies when she's been free ranging?

Could be a stress thing.

 

I'd lock em up for a couple weeks and cut out anything but layer feed and see what happens,

then add one aspect back each week following confinement starting with ranging.

Sounds drastic, but good way to pinpoint a problem is to take one thing at a time.

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

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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