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One normal egg today followed by two soft shelled eggs in same day

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I have a red sex link that's been laying for the past couple months....she laid a hard shell double yolker this morning and then dropped two soft shell eggs back to back in the evening out in the run as we watched. We only have two laying right now and got our normal two eggs this morning so we know she laid one. What could be causing this? Maybe because she's still young and it's her system? This is the second time this happened and I actually thought it was another pullet starting to lay until she was seen laying them.
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She's obviously releasing too many yolks at a time. Sex links often do that. Spring is when hormones are at their highest and hens will lay the most eggs. Hopefully as the season gets on her system slows and becomes more normal and regular.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
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She's obviously releasing too many yolks at a time. Sex links often do that. Spring is when hormones are at their highest and hens will lay the most eggs. Hopefully as the season gets on her system slows and becomes more normal and regular.
Thank you so much for your response. I have two of them. Both are laying regularly but this particular one lays constant double yolkers and then this. It's the second or third time it's happened. I got scared for a second cos I know this is not normal. Hopefully her system works itself out
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A tad concerned now since I seen a tiny bit of blood in the poop out there. It's gotta be her and I just read that laying a soft egg can irritate the vent so maybe thats it
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With some hens this kind of stuff is due to something being wrong with her system, quite possibly genetic. It sounds like your red sex link is probably based on the commercial hybrid layers and their system is highly tuned to produce a lot of eggs. She may have just gone over the top.

How are you feeding them? A high protein diet can contribute to them releasing extra yolks. That’s one of the reasons commercial operations feed around a 16% total protein diet. It’s not that they are being cruel or mistreating the hens, it is healthier for them since they are so highly tuned to convert feed into eggs. If you are feeding a high protein diet you might try cutting back on the protein and see if that helps.

When a hen experiences this kind of laying problems it can cause internal problems. I don’t know where that blood is coming from, it may be related or it may not. It may be shed intestinal lining, which isn’t a big deal. Sometimes when a pullet first starts to lay it takes a while for them to straighten their system out. She has only been laying two weeks but it sounds like it is not improving. I hate to say it but maybe brace yourself for the worst. It’s not that you have done anything wrong, it’s quite possible it’s something that has been there since she hatched.

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With some hens this kind of stuff is due to something being wrong with her system, quite possibly genetic. It sounds like your red sex link is probably based on the commercial hybrid layers and their system is highly tuned to produce a lot of eggs. She may have just gone over the top.

How are you feeding them? A high protein diet can contribute to them releasing extra yolks. That’s one of the reasons commercial operations feed around a 16% total protein diet. It’s not that they are being cruel or mistreating the hens, it is healthier for them since they are so highly tuned to convert feed into eggs. If you are feeding a high protein diet you might try cutting back on the protein and see if that helps.

When a hen experiences this kind of laying problems it can cause internal problems. I don’t know where that blood is coming from, it may be related or it may not. It may be shed intestinal lining, which isn’t a big deal. Sometimes when a pullet first starts to lay it takes a while for them to straighten their system out. She has only been laying two weeks but it sounds like it is not improving. I hate to say it but maybe brace yourself for the worst. It’s not that you have done anything wrong, it’s quite possible it’s something that has been there since she hatched.
I have myself braced for the worst. We shall see and they are eating purina layena crumbles, they have oyster shell available and they get thing like kale, arugula, cilantro, and collards at times.. I give them meal worms and scratch on occasion
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That diet sounds pretty good.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

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