Broken egg ends & weak yolks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MapleReach, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. MapleReach

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    Hi - our Barred Rock's eggs are almost always dented on the pointy end (membrane not broken). Her shells are thinner than our other hen's eggs and her yolks break very easily. She eats the same food and they have plenty of oyster shell available. Also it appears her eggs are coming out pointy end first, which I understand to be backwards. Any clues if this is just an individual chicken thing or if there is some supplement she needs? And how do you supplement one chicken? [​IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. MapleReach

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  3. The Chicken Fan

    The Chicken Fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long has she been laying?
     
  4. chickenlady12

    chickenlady12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same with mine! I have one Leghorn and one Speckled Sussex, and just the Leghorn's eggs have suddenly become soft on the ends. It's not 100 percent of the time, maybe about 75 percent. Two weeks ago I bought some oyster shells and feed some to them every day, but no change. She is 3 years old and never had this problem before. This morning there was some blood streaked on the egg too.
     
  5. MapleReach

    MapleReach New Egg

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    She is about 2.5 years old (we just got her a couple of months ago). She's a reliable layer, but when our three girls came to us her eggs were often broken and eaten by the other hens. At first we thought it was just pecking, but we've actually seen her eggs land on the end and dent or crack (like in the photo). Only twice have we found blood in her eggs.
     
  6. The Chicken Fan

    The Chicken Fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a first time chicken owner, so I have never had experience with this. I know that blood spots aren't that big a deal, unless it's bigger than a blood spot?

    More experienced chicken owners! Give your opinion!
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Are you sure that the pointy end, not much delineation there...looks like the air cell end(non 'pointy') end to me.
    I wonder too if she may be older than 2.5 years?

    I have a few with thinner shells, can be stress and/or less efficient absorption of nutrients.
    If all the others are laying good hard shelled eggs, then there's not much you can do with changing diet.
    But what and how exactly are you feeding?
    Thicker nest bedding can help, I use a thick 'flake' of straw..shove it in there and 'bowl' it out for them and they' are less likely to scratch thru to the hard bottom of nest box.
     
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  8. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Try switching your layer pellets to another brand. Cut out too many treats. Feed some dry cat food for extra protein.
    I keep all my egg shells , rinsed out, dried and crushed . mixed back into oyster shell and my eggs are fine.
     

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