Ahhhh! First eggs! Questions!

ChickTree

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Mar 27, 2016
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So exciting!!! One of our 18 weekers laid an egg yesterday and today and then just a few mins ago I found the soft membrane of two more side by side under one of the hens while on the roost. I'm assuming that's another one that's getting ready to lay and is it normal for that to happen while on the roost??? Also, we ended up getting layer pellets and also provide oyster and grit. Is this what we should be doing now as they are laying?? We weren't expecting eggs until August or September! Any hep is appreciated here!
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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Soft eggs are normal from the roost from those starting up. You can switch to layer or keep them on a non medicated grower or an All Flock ration, or you can start mixing the two together. Putting out oyster shells is a good idea to provide extra calcium if needed.
 

Grub Digger

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Yep! You're right on track with the layer pellets, oyster shell, and grit. It is normal for pullets to lay a few soft shelled eggs as they are working out the kinks in their reproductive tract. You may also find eggs with multiple yolks, eggs with no yolk, and eggs that are oddly shaped.
 

aart

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Can take up to a month or so for things to smooth out.
Meanwhile, eggs everywhere, some of them can be rather funky looking, soft or thin shelled, huge double yolked eggs.
 

ChickTree

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Mar 27, 2016
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It was exciting to go it and find another perfect egg!! Two so far. They are small of course but perfectly egg shaped!!
 

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