Originally Posted by AnneInTheBurbs
Originally Posted by chippysmom327
Maybe hang a feeder that's taller than the chicks or a bowl that is too high for the little ones to reach. I don't see why they'd be laying thinner shelled eggs though, my girls have been fine all summer. Are your girls older? I find that after 3 years old my girls' egg quality decreases. Shells get thinner, whites more watery, etc. Or weather could play a factor. How many waterers do you have around the yard? I try to put at least two, more often 3 water sources spaced out around the yard. I only live on one and a half acres.
I've thought about hanging a feeder that's higher, but I figure they would still spill a lot out. I guess I will just have to try it. My girls are about a year and a half old.
Hmm... they're in their prime. That's strange. Do you feed a lot of spinach or greens? I know mine snub any greens since they free range, don't know if yours are the same.
I know the article is for ducks, but I'd assume it's the same for chickens.
ETA: Do you have a lot of plantain or lambsquarters in your yard? I think plantain has a ton of oxalic acid in it, so if they're eating a ton of it that could be the problem.
Edit again to add this link, really interesting.
http://www.eatthatweed.com/oxalic-acid/Edited by chippysmom327 - 8/19/15 at 9:46am