Chicken laying soft

CKfarm22

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I got two of them today. So far, I have had only one pullet laying, but the other three should be ready (all the same age. Three are same breed). Why 2 soft eggs? weird as they were close to each other. They weren't in the nesting box where I have been getting them from my first layer. They have oyster shells available.
Pullets often get confused on where to lay, it’s totally normal and they should adjust once they realize what the box is supposed to be used for! As for the shell-less eggs, their reproductive systems are not 100% yet :)
 

ProChickens

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Adding the oyster shells, egg shells, and grit into the feed pellets is just fine. You will notice that some of these may be left behind when chickens pick out the feed pellets. That is just natural, and normal. Chickens do know what to choose. Just add more feed to the bowl next day,,, and when all the oyster shells are gone,,,, whenever that occurs,,, just throw in another spoon full.

You can also soak and give your chickens a warm water bath to remove the caked on poop.

So I bathed my chicken, all the poop around the back has cleared up. There is now shell grit in it and I also put apple cider vinegar in the water to help them.
 
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Often when chickens start laying eggs,, their reproductive systems are not 100% mature. Usually it shakes out on its own..
I know that oyster shells are not the most delicious calcium supplement,, Try giving all your empty egg shells. Seems my chickens wolf down those first before the oyster shells.
Could it have been possible from 1 pullet. Also, is the soft shell the same color as the egg they would be laying. My Marans are dark brown. These two eggs were tan/light brown.
 

cavemanrich

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Could it have been possible from 1 pullet. Also, is the soft shell the same color as the egg they would be laying. My Marans are dark brown. These two eggs were tan/light brown.
The soft shell is the inner membrane, and I don't think they are color of outer shell. The outer shell probably acquires its color at the calcium factory inside chicken:idunno
 

Lady Red

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What kind of chicken is laying the soft eggs?

Yes, oyster shell offered as free
choice calcium supplement is important.
Yes, layer feed is important for point of lay chickens.
Very good points.

Now, that being said, one of my girls is an over producer. Even with calcium supplements and layer feed, she would sometimes lay 1 normal egg and 2 soft eggs in one day.
Otherwise she consistently layed double yolk eggs.
Neither was good.
It is her breed. So we ended up taking her to the vet for a hormone treatment. Expensive, but helped.

Beat of luck to you... I hope the layer feed and calcium supplements solve the issue!
 

CKfarm22

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What kind of chicken is laying the soft eggs?

Yes, oyster shell offered as free
choice calcium supplement is important.
Yes, layer feed is important for point of lay chickens.
Very good points.

Now, that being said, one of my girls is an over producer. Even with calcium supplements and layer feed, she would sometimes lay 1 normal egg and 2 soft eggs in one day.
Otherwise she consistently layed double yolk eggs.
Neither was good.
It is her breed. So we ended up taking her to the vet for a hormone treatment. Expensive, but helped.

Beat of luck to you... I hope the layer feed and calcium supplements solve the issue!
Layer feed isn’t always good, it has less protein then a flock raiser feed
 

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