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Squishy Eggs?

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hello! I have 4 laying hens. 2 of them were not laying for quite some time. but now that we are having longer days, I have one more laying and Im sure the last will be to follow. So all week I have had good eggs. 3 a day no problem. However yesterday I found one in the coop that was a squishy egg.and then again this morning there was one out in the chicken yard.  I have read about them and believe they are shell-less eggs. I have oyster shell out for the chickens. I give them meal worms every other day. Corn a few times a week. could any of this have anything to do with why they are laying these eggs? I know that it is the newest layers since my reds (the ones who have been laying) lay in the same spot every day and I was out the working and seen them laying. Anything I should be worried about?Or do differently?

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Soft-shell or shell-less eggs happen with new layers who are still getting the hang on the whole egg production business. Nothing to worry about :) 

 

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

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Ok good. Thank you! She did lay 5 perfect eggs when she started laying.
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I have a seasoned layer who lays daily and I've had two random soft shelled eggs out of her, one being today. I'm not sure what the problem is. They have a large grassy run and I feed egg shells back to them.
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Mine did that at the beginning too. What I did was scramble it and feed it back to them. 

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I have a seasoned layer who lays daily and I've had two random soft shelled eggs out of her, one being today. I'm not sure what the problem is. They have a large grassy run and I feed egg shells back to them.

Welcome to BYC :frow Check the link I posted in the second post for causes of soft-shelled eggs. If it happens now and then only, I wouldn't worry. Even seasoned layers sometimes have a hiccup in the system, sometimes the cause is stress or something not-serious. 

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Thank you for your help smile.png greatly appreciated!
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