Originally Posted by mimsy
I've had one of my older girls that lays eggs without shells. I think hers is due to stress, weight and age. She is over 4 years old, a fatty and lays almost daily still. She's a bantam wynadotte, not sure if that means anything. She gets on and off prolapse issues in the last year. The ones without shells almost always happen when multiple things are happening-such as a prolapse issue and moved to a new coop, or prolapse and introduction of new chicks. Luckily with her since we give her epson salt baths whenever I start seeing any poopy issues or prolapse she hasn't had any infections, none of the other chickens have ever pecked at it and we seem to get her back together within a day or two. The eggs without shells usually get laid while in the bath or just c oming out of it.
I have a new girl however, who is laying thin shelled eggs. She was a stray that ended up staying at our neighbors house, who asked if we would take her. That hadn't been feeding her, just gave her water. So she had been only getting what she could scrouge herself. She appears to be a red sexlink, I'm going to guess about a year old. We've had her for about 3 months now. It took her forever to know what to do with layer pellets. She's now a complete food hog and got over weight fast. I swear she never stops eating. We treated her for worms, just in case as well before having her integrate with our others. I don't think she touches the oyster shell and she is constantly eating worms, which our yard has an abundance of. I'm guessing she is low in calcium. I'm glad someone else is trying tums. I was thinking about it myself, since that was what was suggested by our vet for both my 18 year old aussie when put on a restricted diet and then again on our starling when it was a baby. Yogurt wasn't a huge hit with her, though all my other girls were more than happy to eat it.
Does anyone know off hand what greens are high calcium? Our new girl loves any greens she can get and I'm sure she would eat those without issue. Kale maybe?
Yes. I have tortoises, so while newer to chickens, I've had to pay close attention to providing calcium rich greens w/o too many oxalates which bind calcium.
If a green or weed has a LOT of calcium, then the fact that they are also high in oxalates isn't as much of a worry.
The web site I listed is for tortoises, but if you scroll down to 'Nutritional Analysis of Foods Commonly Eaten by Captive Desert Tortoises', you can see greens/weeds listed that are higher in calcium.
This is still the best overall analysis that I have found; there may be others.
So focus on Beet greens, Dandelion, Chicory (my chickens LOVE this), Collards, Grape leaves (excellent source), Kale, Parsley, Turnip greens, to name the main ones.
Mix it up, variety is often the key.
(Don't necessarily look at the other advice, but the table is helpful)
Edited by lynnehd - 5/8/16 at 9:09am