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Thin egg shells? WHY

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A friend called and asked if I knew why her chickens egg shells were thin when prior they were normal.  I know there is a reason, I just cannot recall what causes this.

Anyone know.  she says she feeds oyster shell on the side.

Dilly

post #2 of 6

When that happens to my eggs I feed oyster shells.  But since she is already doing that, I would try a vitamin supplement.  If you have a feed store around or a tractor supply, they have a vitamin & electrolyte powder that you put in water.  I have been using it for a year and my birds are so pretty & healthy.  I don't use it all the time, but at least once a month I add it to their waterer.  It comes in a bag and is only around $3.00.  I am still using the same bag I bought a year ago.  It is for horses, pigs, goats, poultry, etc.

post #3 of 6

I save their egg shells, microwave them for a minute to kill any bacteria, crunch them up and feed them to the hens.  They like this much more than the oyster shell.

Happy mom and personal assistant to 1 grown son, 1 grown daughter, 1 DH,  2 Greyhounds, 2 GSPs, 1 tiny Pom, 1 lovely mutt, all rescues, (the dogs that is)  7 standard hens, 4 Silkies, 4 goats,  all very spoiled and pampered. Grandma to two beautiful little girls.
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Happy mom and personal assistant to 1 grown son, 1 grown daughter, 1 DH,  2 Greyhounds, 2 GSPs, 1 tiny Pom, 1 lovely mutt, all rescues, (the dogs that is)  7 standard hens, 4 Silkies, 4 goats,  all very spoiled and pampered. Grandma to two beautiful little girls.
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post #4 of 6

was there a change in their feed? switching from egg layer to starter or meat feed could be the culprit. (less calcium)

post #5 of 6
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I willl ask asn give her all these suggestions. Thanks so much.

Dilly

post #6 of 6

I found an egg last week that was real thin and had a soft spot on it. I thought it was just because they were young chickens. Now the eggs are hard shell but thin.  Thanks a lot for the advice on the vitamins.

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