chalky, porous shells

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by holly ann, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. holly ann

    holly ann Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2012
    Gettysburg, PA
    My Auracuna (sp?) is laying nice size eggs, but they are not smooth like my other chickens' eggs? Once, after about a week, I was able to shake and hear the egg inside the shell. I'm assuming this is due to air being able to pass through the shell as it seems rougher and more porous than the other eggs. What is causing this and what can I do about it?
  2. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    Egg shell quality is primarily dependent upon the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals in the diet. Calcium and vitamin D3 are the crucial nutrients involved in egg shell formation. Calcium functions in the actual egg shell formation. Egg shells are comprised of 95% calcium carbonate. Vitamin D3 is critical for the absorption of calcium by the hen. Poultry can synthesize a portion of vitamin D3 through exposure to sunlight but additional vitamin D3 is necessary in the diet. An excess of any of these major nutrients involved in shell formation can result in weak or soft eggs shells and reduced egg production. Purina
    Here are links I have saved in regards to eggs.....
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012
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