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Thin, light colored shells and difficulty laying

post #1 of 5
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Hi!

 

We have 3 layers- 2 average one egg a day. 1 is a little....different.

 

She can spend most of a day with her rear end low and walking more like a penguin than a chicken. She looks uncomfortable and doesn't jump or run as well as she does the rest of the time.

 

When she does lay the egg it is thinner shelled with a lighter brown color and not as often as her sisters.

 

Any suggestions? We use a commercial organic layer crumble. We've recently added oyster shells. They get a lot of time outside.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 5

Welcome!  She's got a problem, and there are several possible issues.  Is she older?  Have you looked for mites and lice, especially at night with a flashlight?  Eating well, and normal weight, not too thin?  Injured?  Prolapsing?  Oyster shell in a separate dish, right?  Internal issues won't go well, so I hope you can figure something out that's easily fixed.  Mary

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your reply.

She's only about 6 months old. No mites or ticks. She eats well and is not under weight. Not injured or prolapsed. Yes, oyster shell in a separate dish. We only just added it to the coop in the last week.

Yeah, I don't figure internal issues will end well for her. She seems to be fine after she lays the egg and I'd guess this has been going on for 3 months. Makes me think it's not something horrible. Thoughts?

T
post #4 of 5

Hope it's immaturity, and she'll do better as she grows up.  Good luck!  Mary

post #5 of 5

Does she carry her tail cocked off to the side?  I am just gathering information.

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