Originally Posted by locknest4
Hi Everyone 🐥Anniebee
well done to ur granddaughter with her exam results! No wonder you are proud of her Fancy
such sad news about those young drivers. Devastating for their loved ones.
Our girls are now 19 weeks and I found this egg today in the back of the coop where all their poop drops (not in the nesting boxes).
The top half was soft and it had a mini egg in it. Hopefully the eggs will get bigger and harder once they start to lay regularly.
I put more sawdust into the nesting boxes to make them look more inviting and hope that they get the idea that that they are the places to lay in!
With our old hens we used to use straw in the boxes but have now switched to the saw dust on the recommendation of the breeder. There are also 2 dummy eggs in each of the laying boxes. They have free access to shell grit which they seem to enjoy flicking everywhere.
Thank you locknest4 for your comments on Astrids' achievements. Much appreciated.
Ref. the egg !! A while back my Mindy Araucana was laying really soft balloon type shells - which would split as they dropped and she'd eat them. Gradually they became a little harder but often with that weird rough unfinished egg shell at the top - exactly the same as you have shown in these pics. A bit like sand paper.
Laying is better now, ( I gave her 3 weeks at twice a week, 1 dessertspoon calcium for horses - couldn't get calcium carbonate ) ... and it improved things a whole lot. She is laying almost daily ( and in this heat !! ) ... but today I noticed another slightly 'rough' top. Those rough tops can sit totally whole and entire, in the refridgerator for days - and then one day collapse a tiny bit from the top inwards. I use them then, immediately. Guess the opening and closing of the refridgerator door, has an impact on them. I now give her a teaspoon of the horse calcium once a week only. It seems to have done its job. If she lays another few rough tops eggs, I will give her 'some' calcium twice a week for 3 weeks again. Will figure out the dosage if need be.
Mindy is currently in the cat crate - inside. We have had RAIN .... and she - ( as usual, if I am not quick enough ) - stays out in it and becomes absolutely saturated. The other two girls retire to the dryness of their coop, displaying chicken brain power ....
One of the eggs Mindy laid with the rough top / collapsed inwards, was also a double yolker. The only one I have ever seen from my girls.
Have never thought of sawdust for a laying area ... must try that. The two big girls lay on straw - Mindy lays on wood shavings, right next to a dummy egg. HATES her nesting box.