Originally Posted by BlueSkiesGirl
Hey everyone! I hope you all are doing well, my three Wyandotte's started laying a couple of days ago and I have a few questions about what I should be expecting of my first few eggs:
What does a healthy egg look like?
How can I support my chicken nutritionally (what foods, vitamins, etc....)?
How do I store/wash my fresh eggs?
How do I know which hens are laying, and which aren't?
Thanks for the help, Have a great day!
Hope these helps:
1. Healthy eggs should have strong shells ( doesn't break easy). But as new layers they normally starts w/ small eggs, sometime soft (no shells). But after few weeks they get the hang of it.
2. Nutrition wise, they should be on layer feeds by now to support their protein and calcium needs (best to offer crushed oyster shell on the side) whatever feed you choose make sure it has at least 16% protein or higher. And lots of fresh clean water. I use organic feed on mine with extra omega.
3. On washing or not washing eggs, it's a personal decision. For us we don't wash our eggs and we store them in a basket on our counter since we consume them within 2 weeks. Unless the eggs are soiled (w poop or mud) we wash them immediately with warm water (Warmer than the egg temp not hot) and refrigerate them to be used first.
On your last q, I'm not sure if I can help much but to know if they are laying the pelvic bones distance should be wider than 2 fingers. Pretty much red combs, and they squat when you approach them(proof of sexual maturity)
For us it's easy to tell who lays what because of the egg colors and the type of hens we got.Edited by Spartan22 - 1/8/16 at 8:56pm