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soft shell eggs after introducing new chick

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Hi, I got a small flock of 3 hens and I recently added 4th pullet. My girls don`t seem to be happy with a new member, chasing her around and won`t let her sleep in a coop. Poor thing spend nights on a coop roof thanks got for warm weather. However, my red sex link who had been laying one egg a day for a few weeks now producing soft shell eggs since then. It`s been 5 days now, I don`t even see an egg, I just find smashed paper-like membrane in a nest box. Other 2 hens are fine. But this one seems to be the meanest one to new girl. I did not change a feed. Could this be due to stress? Then why her reaction is so different from others?  How long does it normally takes a flock to figure it out with new member, because I feel bad for her that she can`t sleep inside. I put here little dog carrier filled with shavings so she can hide, but she wouldn`t go inside

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is there enough calcium? that coupled with stress

2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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Yes, I feed them organic pellets with supplement of oyster shells and their own eggshells. I did not change anything, and other two hens laying as usual

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Stress will cause some to lay eggs without a shell, adding new members is definitely a stressor for some. The egg comes out too early before a shell can form on it. It's nothing to be concerned about especially if you know the reason for it.
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.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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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.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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