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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Carolyn23, Oct 2, 2014.

  1. Carolyn23

    Carolyn23 New Egg

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    Hi from Florida. We are raising several different breeds of chickens and have found them to be fascinating. They all seem to have different personalities and are very entertaining. We do have 2 leghorns and they were such great egg layers but now when we get an egg they are very soft shelled. We do use the calcium and Omega chicken feed for them. My husband thinks they are getting old. They are probably 3 years old. Any suggestions?
    Thanks
    Carol
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2, older production leghorns often seem to have problems with the egg shells (they aren't bred for longevity but to be replaced when they are around 2.5 years old.). Even if they have oyster shell available, you can try adding extra calcium to their feed (if they are in a mixed flock, giving them extra high calcium treats or even calcium tablets etc) that sometimes helps. Also if you have them on a high protein diet, lowering it sometimes helps making the eggs smaller which helps shells.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    X2 on Kelsie's advice.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    X3 on Kelsie's advice.
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I have a hen that has issues with soft shells and she is 3 1/2 years of age. I found that giving her human calcium with extra magnesium and Vit D fixed her soft shells right up. Keep the treats down to a minimum too so they are eating as much calcium enriched layer feed as possible. I broke the tab in quarters and gave her a half tabs worth stuffed into raisins once a day. She does very well and her shells are nice and hard.

    Good luck and I hope you can get this solved soon!
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Make sure your birds have lots of calcium.
     
  7. Carolyn23

    Carolyn23 New Egg

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    Thanks! :)
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. You've received some good information from Kelsie2290 and TwoCrows. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in firming up those egg shells.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  10. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
     

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