Originally Posted by locknest4
Anniebee thanks for your thoughts on soft shelled eggs. I've often wondered if they are due to lack of calcium,although the girls have access to plenty of shell grit. Thinking Maybe it happens when they eat too much human food (kitchen scraps) and have no room left over for their crumbles. Our girls always think people food is far superior to their chook food! Our remaining hen laid a soft shell outside the coop a couple of days ago and by the time I discovered it she had gobbled it up and left a quarter of a shell behind as the only evidence. Was worried she was turning into an egg Eater but since then she has been back to normal happily laying eggs in the nesting box (and NOT EATING them)
Hi locknest4 ..... I seriously don't think a chicken that eats a soft-shell, will turn into an good-egg-cracking-eating-monster. And yes - considering the extraordinary reaction to my chook mix - which is really nothing special - I am certain they prefer goodies from us, than their normal plain old layer pellets. ( boooring ) .... they react to something different each day - and why not. Dogs / cats need to be stimulated each day, why not chickens. ??
It's why I welcome lotsa rain .... gives me a good excuse for locking them up for several hours in their coop ( without feeling guilty ) - they get bored then, and eat their proper pellets. Which has calcium ... which in turn helps them to lay good eggs. I half expect a well laid properly formed egg from Mindy tomorrow - but she will remain locked up until she has done her thing - and eaten what she should, rather than the goodies she scrounges for in her run ( she loves to demolish the one remaining POOR agapanthus that is there ), or the goodies I throw to them ( although I HAVE backed off that to a large degree ).
I buy scratch mix from a good stock and produce dealer, but there seems to be a heck of a lot of wheat in it these days. ?? Might have to go shop browsing. Am wondering about wheat ? In us, it turns to sugar and carbs .... which are pretty much the same thing. Pasta turns to sugar in the human mouth, so I was told - so I looked it up.
" Starches convert into maltose, a type of simple carbohydrate sugar, right in your mouth.
Once maltose reaches your small intestine, enzymes convert it to glucose."
So - if that happens for us, why not for chickens ? And wheat ' blows up' in the gut ... which I would think translates to carbs / sugar, on a big time basis.
Not especially good for chooks, by too much, I would think !! . Would have to look more at this subject to be sure. Water expands wheat in the gut - which would perhaps give them something akin to bloat ? ... which kills. ( bloat can kill a dog fairly quickly ). That's if the dog pig-gorges on say, dry food that is left out for the dog to get into. !! Dogs are of course, renowned gutzes. Especially the big dogs. !!
Way back on this thread, I think I mentioned one of my mothers' stories from her childhood. .... She decided to give her fathers' chickens all a very big treat - and threw them many many handfuls of pure wheat .... when they had finished it, all they had was water to drink. Grandad ( Papa ) found half his chickens on their backs with feet in the air - gone to chook heaven. Did my mother ever cop it on that day.
Mind you, it was one of my delights to get into the chook food when I was a grand-child staying there. .... Wheat was a favourite - it's a wonder I am still here, able to type all this !!!
Cheers all - have a wonderful weekend.