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Has anyone ever seen an egg like this???  I get a few shell less ones too. I give them crushed oyster shells.

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Are you hens new to laying, or just started to lay after a break? sometimes it takes a bit for their system to work out all the kinks and to get it right.

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Homesteading on a 6 acre hobby farm in Southern Wisconsin. Raising a gifted child, A barnyard mix of chickens, Icelandic sheep, A sweet elderly pitty bull, a few barn cats, and a large garden.  

 

 

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They have been laying for about 3-4 weeks. They are Rhode Island Reds. Also they won't eat table scraps and I thought chickens loved that. I mean like fresh vegetables and fruits. I have never given them table scraps.
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What kind of feed do they have? If they are not on a layer feed do they have access to osytershell? The need a lot of calcium to form eggs.

Homesteading on a 6 acre hobby farm in Southern Wisconsin. Raising a gifted child, A barnyard mix of chickens, Icelandic sheep, A sweet elderly pitty bull, a few barn cats, and a large garden.  

 

 

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Homesteading on a 6 acre hobby farm in Southern Wisconsin. Raising a gifted child, A barnyard mix of chickens, Icelandic sheep, A sweet elderly pitty bull, a few barn cats, and a large garden.  

 

 

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post #5 of 9

Its pretty normal for new layers to pop out a few weird looking eggs for the few couple of months. No need to worry.

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I give them crushed oyster shells. I don't know if the feed is layer feed or not. We just have 2 hens and 2 roosters. They were supposes to be all hens! Surprise!!!
Edited by Dodger - 2/2/16 at 9:09pm
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Yeah roosters happen! they can be difficult to sex until they are older.

 

2 roos for 2 hen may be a bit to much for the hens. Watch to make sure they aren't fighting to much or over breeding the girls. You may want to look into hen aprons if you notice them losing feathers or getting raw on their necks or backsides

 

Roosters also shouldn't eat layer feed- to much calcium in the long run cause problems for the roos.

 

I think the eggs are fine- my new layer always had an off one here and there for the first month or so at least.

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Homesteading on a 6 acre hobby farm in Southern Wisconsin. Raising a gifted child, A barnyard mix of chickens, Icelandic sheep, A sweet elderly pitty bull, a few barn cats, and a large garden.  

 

 

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Two hens are insufficient even for one roo. I'd suggest that you get more hens (great excuse for chicken maths) and get rid of one of the roos. I no longer keep roos, cos they can be a pain (that, and the earache from my wife about the crowing! :)) and my flock seems a lot more peaceful as a consequence. 

 

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Welcome to BYC!

 

All sorts of strange things can happen with eggs. This article in the Learning Center might be interesting to you:

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

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