2 Soft Shelled Eggs within 30 minutes of each other

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by OC Chick, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. OC Chick

    OC Chick Out Of The Brooder

    Hi! My 26 week old Black Australorp, Lavender, just laid for the first time and laid 2 soft shelled egg within 30 minutes of eachother 6:30 pm & 7:00 pm. I noticed the past few days she didn't seem to be "feeling well" but was still eating, sleeping and defecating normally. Around 5:30 pm tonight she looked like she was getting worse, (tail down, not interested in eating worms, staying still and far away from her sisters). I checked her to see if she was egg bound, but she wasn't. At 6:30 pm I found a soft shelled egg (membrane only? there was no hard shell whatsoever) in the dirt and I checked her vent again - everything looked fine but she still seemed droopy. 30 minutes later I found another soft shelled/membrane only egg from her. My other 3 hens have been laying for 1 1/2 - 2 weeks now and have strong shelled eggs and no issues. Is everything okay with Lavender? The girls are on Scratch & Peck Organic Layer Feed with Free Choice Oyster Shell and grit. They have access to fresh food & water all day, and are also supplied with both fresh and dry mealworms & waxworms, portable pastures, marigolds, weeds, flowers, leaves, organic veggies like spinach, kale, tomatoes in moderation. They are in their coop and run and free range in the afternoon. All the other girls have laid in the nest boxes with no issues, this is the first I've had an egg laid in the backyard. Please help and advise. Thanks!
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2017
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Sometimes shell-less eggs can be common in newer layers, and hopefully, this is just a backup in her plumbing. I would make sure that she is taking some of the calcium in the oyster shell, and today and tomorrow you could give her some in the form of a human calcium tablet or Tums, or crush some egg shell finely into some yogurt. I would back off on the extra treats for awhile, and just feed the layer feed, and free choice of oyster shell and grit. Hopefully, she will get everything in order soon, but she could be at risk for a reproductive disorder, such as internal laying if this doesn't straighten out
  3. OC Chick

    OC Chick Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you so much for your response! I will definitely only have her on layer feed & oyster shell the next few days and see if it solves the issue.

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