3 - Year old Silkie laying soft eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ravenvalor, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. ravenvalor

    ravenvalor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Greetings Fellow Feathery Friends:

    My 3 - year old siklie is laying soft eggs. I am putting oyster shells in their (3 - hens 1 - rooster 50' X 15' Run) feed but it does not help because they do not eat the feed. They eat bugs and veggies and healthy table scraps.

    The worse part is that they are all eating the soft eggs.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Jim
     
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Give her a shot of calcium.
     
  3. ravenvalor

    ravenvalor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As in supplement or syringe?
    Thanks,
    Jim
     
  4. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    You can give her a shot of calcium. Not sure if you have to get that from the vet or not.

    You can also blend up some eggs with the shells on, and scramble them for her. That will boost her calcium.

    You can also crush a tums in her water.
     
  5. ravenvalor

    ravenvalor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tums & eggshells it is.

    Thanks,
    Jim
     
  6. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oyster shells.....
     
  7. ravenvalor

    ravenvalor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    in what?
     
  8. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can get a bag of crushed oyster shells from most farm supply stores....Tractor Supply, Orschelens etc(maybe even some pet stores will have it). That is what we give as well as crushed egg shells to provide enough calcium so they won't have soft shells. [​IMG]
     
  9. ravenvalor

    ravenvalor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put oyster shells in their feed and they will not eat it. They mostly eat bugs and grass.

    Thanks,
    Jim
     
  10. vnploveschickens

    vnploveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jim,
    Put the oyster shell in a separate dish for free choice eating.

    I have ours out in the run and have seen all my layers stop and peck when they want/need it.

    Good luck!

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