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Help, jello eggs from favorite Buckeye hen!

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I have an assortment of young hens ( 7 months) I raised last July. One is a Buckeye and she is now a breed I was hoping to get into because she is so friendly, curious and a great forager. But...

She is only dropping jello eggs at the roost and nothing else. All my other 12 hens are nice hard shelled eggs in the nest boxes.

I could put out calcium, but I think this is specific problem with her body and not the layer feed I give them.

So what would you all do? I don't want to keep scooping out dirty jello eggs (afraid the others will eat it!) and as much as I like her, I don't have a place for special hens at this point on my farm.

Any ideas?
Edited by Triplecross - 1/26/16 at 6:07am
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It could be just that she is a new layer and her body hasn't worked things out yet.

If they're all laying, continue to feed a layer type food and offer a calcium source like oyster shell in a separate container. Even if they aren't all laying and you provide an all flock type feed, offer the oyster shell.

 

Calcium isn't the only critical thing but the ratio of calcium with phosphorus, vitamin D3 and to a lesser extent, manganese.

 

http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/production/poultry/weak-shelled-eggs-and-your-small-flock-of-laying-hens.html

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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