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Hi, I found that first egg that one of my hens laid this morning....but is was already cracked open...the shell was very thin...is this normal because it's one of the first eggs? They have been on egg laying feed for long time now. Linda
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Congratulations! Yes that is normal. The first few eggs can be pretty strange. 

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Please check out my Etsy shop! https://www.etsy.com/shop/DreamofDaylilies?ref=hdr_shop_menu

 

I have two Black Labs, one cat, one Welsummer, one Buff Orpington, one Barnevelder, one Easter Egger, one Red Star, one Australorp, one Barred Rock, and one Speckled Sussex!

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Your hens will eventually lay normal but for the first couple of eggs it will be strange. Congratulations!
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Thank you!!!
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Congratulations on your first egg. I though my hubby was going to fall over laughing due to how excited I was when I gout our first egg.
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Are you feeding oyster shell on the side?  Laying feed may not have enough calcium for strong shells.  You should offer oyster shell on the side, and they will take it as they need it.

 

But other than that, even with providing oyster shell, the first few eggs can be soft shelled.  It takes a bit for their bodies to adjust to laying.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



Join us for the 7th Annual Easter Hatchalong!
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Originally Posted by motleychickens View Post

Hi, I found that first egg that one of my hens laid this morning....but is was already cracked open...the shell was very thin...is this normal because it's one of the first eggs? They have been on egg laying feed for long time now. Linda

How old are your birds?...... and how long have they been on layer feed?

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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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Thank you all for your help. I'm having so much fun. My chickens have been on Layer Feed since they were about 2 months old. I will try oyster shell on the side!
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