Broken eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AdiosCowboy, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. AdiosCowboy

    AdiosCowboy Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 4, 2008
    Over half of the eggs that my 2-year-old Cochin has laid in the past couple of months have an incredibly thin shell on one tip that usually ends up broken or cracked before I can even get it out of the nesting box. I haven't had this problem with my other chickens and I have been giving them yogurt periodically since it has started for extra calcium. She does lay oddly long eggs, but that has been the case since she began laying. Is this a medical symptom that I should be worried about, does she need more calcium even though this habit is limited to her? The rest of her eggs are quite solid. Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Is she eating layer ration or something else? You should supplement her diet with free choice oyster shell or dry crushed egg shells.
  3. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2011
    Concur with the oyster shell. I have one hen who occasionally lays a thin-shell egg if I give too many treats. I started sprinkling her treats (cabbage, tomatoes, scratch, worms) with oyster shell-- problem resolved!

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