Broken Eggs in Nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kudzu vine, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. kudzu vine

    kudzu vine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens won't eat oyster shells. Some eggs are soooo thin that when another hen tries to lay in box, just sitting breaks the eggs. Any suggestions on how to get harder shells?
     
  2. rrgrassi

    rrgrassi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since they will not eat the oyster shell, are you using Layer type feed with added calcium?
     
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  3. macmama

    macmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you tried feeding their own shells back to them (rushed)? Mine think it's the best treat ever-- and it's free.
     
  4. Missouri Maiden

    Missouri Maiden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hard boil a few eggs then mix it shell and all together by hand or sometimes in a blender just make sure that the shell is crushed up good or else they might turn into egg eaters.
     
  5. kudzu vine

    kudzu vine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replys. Their layer pellets have calcium. I will try crushing their own shells and feeding them back to the girls instead of tossing in composite. Thanks again
     
  6. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cuttlefish bone grated on to the feed will help, also yoghourt if they like it.

    Make sure your girls also get plenty of vitamin D which is necessary to absorb calcium.

    And yes, roasted and crushed egg shells do seem to very popular with my girls as well,

    Sandie
     
  7. Brown Farmer

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    I would not roast the egg shells. The calcium deposition process is started by a specisl proteen which the bird recycles. However, there could be traces in the shell which would be beneficial. Also regarding vitamin D. Sunshine activates it, so, let the sunshine in.
     

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