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balloon like egg--yuck

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by farnumchicks, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. farnumchicks

    farnumchicks New Egg

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    One of our Barred Rocks just started laying, but the eggs are like balloons. No shell, just the membrane. What do we do? The other BR hasn't started, but our other 3 (leghorn and 2 Reds) are laying beautiful, perfect eggs.
     
  2. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say to be you sure they are getting layer feed and free-choice oyster shell grit.
     
  3. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Scramble them up and feed back to the hens.
     
  4. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have had two soft shells...just give your pullets layer food and offer them some oyster shell and they will be fine.
     
  5. Zanadi

    Zanadi Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just going to suggest oyster shells. I've read somewhere that people take the shells of other eggs, roast them in the oven, smash them up into little pieces and feed as well.
     
  6. pimpdaddywrinkles

    pimpdaddywrinkles Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a few soft eggs when I first got my girls but not that soft. they firmed up fast and I just dry the shells and give them back to the girls crushed.

    I got the advice to give back the shells from a friend who has had chickens his whole life.

    I think you need to make double sure that you have layer mash.

    A-
     
  7. mainely-chick

    mainely-chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Sometimes it just happens as part of cycle, even with extra Calcium
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yep, it's sometime happens, but extra oyster shell is good. Feeding back only egg shells isn't enough as one shell in isn't one shell out so to say.
     
  9. davidmcc

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  10. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    Its not a pretty egg for sure, but I agree... if you get a fluke like this, scramble it up and feed it back to the chickens.
     

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