consistent egg without a shell

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Loving My Peeps, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Loving My Peeps

    Loving My Peeps Chicken Whisperer

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    Aug 19, 2010
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    I have 9 hens, no roosters. One of my girls consistently lays an egg with a paper thin shell or no shell at all. She has been laying for about 4 weeks now, she is about 23 weeks old. They all eat layer crumble, oyster shell grit mixed in, occasional treats of grapes or scrambled eggs with the shells. They always have fresh water and free range all day long. When I have experimented with crumbled up dry cat food, she seems to lay a somewhat normal egg. She is a fairly large RIR, gets plenty of exercise and looks very healthy. Roughly 3 hours before sunset she will start her penguin stance, sleep standing up, lay down with her tail feather bumped up. She seems miserable when this happens. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
     

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Here's some info about thin shelled eggs

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publi...ndbook/16/thinshelled-eggs-and-shellless-eggs


    And some potential other sources of calcium

    1.Spinach
    2.Turnip greens
    3.Mustard greens
    4.Collard greens
    5.Blackstrap molasses
    6.Swiss chard
    7.Yogurt
    8.Kale
    9.Mozzarella cheese
    10.Milk (goat's milk and cow's milk)
    11.Basil, thyme, dill seed, cinnamon, and peppermint leaves
    12.Romaine lettuce
    13.Rhubarb
    14.
    15.Broccoli
    16.Sesame seeds
    17.Fennel
    18.Cabbage
    19.Summer squash
    20.Green beans
    21.Garlic
    22.Tofu
    23.Brussel sprouts
    24.Oranges
    25.Asparagus
    26.Crimini mushroom

    The behavior at dusk has me stumped.

    Good luck
    Imp
     

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