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One of my EE is laying eggs with very weak shells. They break easily with little pressure. All other chickens are laying normal eggs. They have access to oyster shell and my son's sandbox sand. What else can I do for her? Thanks!

Our little urban farm...Chickens: Dominique, Ameraucanas, Buff Orpingtons, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Rhode Island Red,, Buff Silkies, Black Australorp, Golden Lakenvelder, Blue Andalusian, White Leghorn, Ancona, Silver Laced Wyandotte and Light Brahma; Corturnix Quail; New Zealand White and California rabbits.
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Our little urban farm...Chickens: Dominique, Ameraucanas, Buff Orpingtons, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Rhode Island Red,, Buff Silkies, Black Australorp, Golden Lakenvelder, Blue Andalusian, White Leghorn, Ancona, Silver Laced Wyandotte and Light Brahma; Corturnix Quail; New Zealand White and California rabbits.
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post #2 of 6

Is she a new layer?  If so, it's common for this to happen as their bodies adjust to the egg laying process.  As long as you have oyster shell out, it should resolve itself.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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post #3 of 6

Also, if you put a little dry cat food in there it will help.  But like Happy Chooks said, as long as they have access to oyster shells that is good.  Good Luck.

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What is their diet?  Treats?  How many?

Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

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Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

14 hatchery and mutt hens

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How does extra protein (dry cat food) help with thin shells?  I understand that it takes a lot of protein to produce eggs, but I didn't think that the amount of protein had much to do with shell thickness.

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She will be 4 years old in April.  Eggs weren't always like this, only in the last year. We feed them layer pellets and they free range in the yard. No pesticides or fertilizers.  They don't get many treats...occasional strawberry tops, other veggie/fruit scraps, weeds, etc. It's only her. The others, 3 the same age and the 6 month olds lay eggs with hard shells. Will try the cat food. Thanks.

Our little urban farm...Chickens: Dominique, Ameraucanas, Buff Orpingtons, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Rhode Island Red,, Buff Silkies, Black Australorp, Golden Lakenvelder, Blue Andalusian, White Leghorn, Ancona, Silver Laced Wyandotte and Light Brahma; Corturnix Quail; New Zealand White and California rabbits.
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Our little urban farm...Chickens: Dominique, Ameraucanas, Buff Orpingtons, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Rhode Island Red,, Buff Silkies, Black Australorp, Golden Lakenvelder, Blue Andalusian, White Leghorn, Ancona, Silver Laced Wyandotte and Light Brahma; Corturnix Quail; New Zealand White and California rabbits.
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