I have a hen that has been laying shell-less eggs for several weeks. At first it was soft shells, now we only find a wet goopy spot in the boxes - I assume that they're being eaten. I have been giving her a steady dose of calcium glutonate (sp?) - approx 1cc per day - and vitamin D but there has been little change. Until today her demeanor and apparent health otherwise has been typical - mischievous as always.
Yesterday I was reading a thread that advised against giving calcium supplements daily, so we skipped it last night. (She did get a treat of salmon, however) THis morning she is puffed up, tail down, on the roost. She won't come out of the coop. I've been expecting this, frankly, as the shell-less eggs can't be good for her body.
We had a round of what I think was IB a little over a month ago, and one other chicken is SOMETIMES laying odd eggs, but this one is the only one with what looks like long-term effects. This particular hen is a favorite, and so although I knew this might be the end result, I can't quit fighting for her. I am heading out to do a oral dose of the Calcium G right now and hope it help with something.
WHAT TO DO NOW? What am I possibly missing???