Wow! Just when I thought my big hen that hasn't been laying was going broody on me she lays a nice big egg! She had been jumping in the nest every day like she wanted to do something, would sit for a while and then pop out again. Early this afternoon I watched her in the nest, arranging things, really settling in, and I thought here we go and then she kicks out broody butt! Oh goody, well at least I will only have one at a time brooding because, surprisingly, Broody butt goes pretty easy. She hops out and outside she goes. Didn't stay out too long but if she scooted that easy, I think she is about ready to give it up. Anyway, I go outside a little while ago, and, there standing on end, is a nice big (could always tell her eggs because they are huge) Soup egg! There was a bit of blood on the outside so I need to check her vent this evening (can only handle her on the roost without MAJOR drama) to make sure things are ok, but looks like she may be back in business. I can't be certain this is the total cause, BUT I AM NEVER EVER EVER BUYING PURINA LAYER AGAIN!!!! I have been fighting thin shells with the other girls and had to up the protein because soup was starting to go after butt feathers again.
Dr Ha Ha~ was it you or Unkadan that mentioned increasing the calcium? How did you do it? My girls aren't too wild about the oyster shell although they will pick it up if I scatter it on top of their feed. I've thought of crushing calcium pills into some scrambled egg, what do you think?
SC~I just read your post~ I am so sorry! Can you talk with your dad? Maybe he is just getting nervous about such a big life change.
boy, do I love all of you chickie gurus and your wisdom ! If I haven't said it before, I greatly appreciate each and every one of you!!!!
Edited by vickiw - 8/4/12 at 2:40pm