I have two Australorpes, got the girls last year, this is their second year now laying. I noticed that one of them (or both, dratted hennies with same-colored eggs) seemed to lay a lot of eggs with the "pimples" on them, but as it really does no harm, thought no more on it. Now though, I open an egg and there are small clusters of pimples floating around! Sometimes there is a meat spot (not worried about it), but sometimes there are these little tiny balls of shell. Sometimes they're floating around individually, sometimes clustered. None of them are ever very big, all about the size of a pencil tip. But, naturally, I have no desire to munch on shell, so those eggs go to the dogs.
Now, what I had been doing was saving the shells, crushing them down, then occasionally running them through my Bullet blender into crumbles. The girls loved it. However, I read that this can cause too MUCH calcium during the winter months. No more shells lately and while the little pimples DO seem to be abating, they are still there and she/they do still lay eggs generously dusted with pimples. (I plan on separating them so I can be sure who the offender is)
Has anyone ever heard of this?
(Will put pics up later when I get them off the camera)