Another jelly egg!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ginormous chicken, May 19, 2011.

  1. ginormous chicken

    ginormous chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My EE is laying quite a few jelly eggs! This makes 3 in 2 weeks. I don't know what to do. I feed pellet feed with oyster shell and corn mixed in. It is a local brand, that I feed. However, I started to mix that with Layina due to issues. I also throw oyster shells on the floor for them to peck at. I am noticing my chickens aren't really interested in pellets right now. Esp. this time of the year. There is so much to free range on grass, bugs etc. I am going to cut back on the scratch. I don't feed that much scratch Maybe 3 handfuls a day. (Small handfuls.) Also, I give them treats like carrot tops and beet greens. What am I doing wrong? Please help? Oh, my Maran also laid 1 jelly egg. I had none until 3 weeks ago. I did switch feed three weeks ago. I switched from Purina Layina to a local brand called Bar-ALE. Is that it? Should I go back to Purina? Please help!

    Here are pics. of my jelly eggs. Basically, eggs with no shells.

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  2. snowflake

    snowflake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a lot of people have had this problem this year.. I have 2 hens laying jell eggs. I use purina layana ,with oyster shell, and very few scraps, Vitamin D is supposed to help. I have been giving banana peals. kefir, 2 times a week. trying to up protein as well as other If they are free ranging most of the time you should be OK, I think you are doing every thing OK. Don't know what is happening. have not had this problem in 2 years.
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  3. ginormous chicken

    ginormous chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do I feed banana peels chopped into bits? [​IMG] Seems odd, although I do admit chickens will eat just about anything. Reminds me of my yellow lab. [​IMG] Does anyone else have any suggestion? Is it not enough vitamin D or not enough calcium or are they just over producing albumen and yolks without a calcium shell? I am really frustrated, if anyone else has anything to add let me know.
     
  4. ginormous chicken

    ginormous chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No one???? [​IMG]
     
  5. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have to limit treats to my flock because one has trouble with calcium. She never eats oyster shell either.

    So when I give treats, I try to give high-calcium treats.
     
  6. Hensamongus

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    I have not seen any like this photo but I have had an issue with soft shells. We started feeding the hens a little yogurt. They love the stuff. In fact, the hen in trouble would eat it right out of the spoon as we fed her. I figured a little for all the hens would not be a problem.
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    This is Lucy getting her dose of yogurt.
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    This is a few more eating the yogurt in from the treat tray!
     
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  7. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since the jelly eggs seem to have started around the same time that you switched feed, I would change feed again and see if that makes a difference. If you come up with a good answer, let me know. One of my EE hens lays eggs kind of like that, paper thin (or thinner) shells or no shells at all, sometimes a thin shelled egg wrapped in some more albumen and another membrane with a few grainy bits that are trying to be a shell. Except hers are more or less every single egg and they've been like that from her very first egg on. I think since she started laying in January she's laid ONE egg that had a completely normal shell, and even that one was on the thin side.
     
  8. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not sure if it's the same in chickens, but vitamin D helps facilitate calcium absorption and utilization in humans.

    sounds like a plausible idea to me [​IMG] (trying vitamin D, that is) [​IMG]
     

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