I have a question for all of the Orp owners out there. When you candle the eggs do they appear almost lacy - as if you can see all the holes or pores? I got a complaint from a customer who received eggs a couple of weeks ago that they were "too porous". When I asked what they meant, they said you could see all the holes in the egg. But I have 5 dozen hatching/pipping in my bator right this moment and another few dozen that went in a week ago and more sitting on the counter to go in so I candled them and I think what they are referring to is how they do appear almost lacy and fragile and the light just beams through the pores. Anyway, just wondering if anyone else's eggs are the same way. Most of my other breeds of eggs are dark - either dark brown, speckled, or olive and are too hard to see through so I rarely candle. The Orp eggs are the only ones that the light shows up so well that you can practically see through the pores.
What kind of diet are they being fed?
sometimes its just the chicken and no matter what they are fed doesn't improve egg shell density.
however sometimes it can be improved upon with better feeds or supplements added to there diet..
game-bird layer in most cases will help with egg shell density and better incubation % esp with none free ranged birds that don't have the access to extra things they might require..
if you feed the standard layena (blue bags) it is basically just for eating egg production, not much extra for eggs for incubation purposes...
A 20%-protein breeder diet formulated for fertility, egg production, and chick vigor. Feed from one month prior to start of egg production until birds is out of egg production.
- Balanced levels of amino acids, energy vitamins and minerals keeps breeders in top condition for egg production and hatchability.
- Calcium fortified for strong egg shells.
- Complete feed - no mixing required.
Most of our birds get a mix of the gamebird and reg layena in addition to daily free ranging. it seems to work well with everything..
Edited by wilds of pa - 2/22/12 at 4:25am