cracked shells

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by guardian1, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. guardian1

    guardian1 Out Of The Brooder

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    we're starting to get eggs with cracked shells. we give our girls egg layers feed, so they are getting plenty of calcium. usually, it's just a hairline fracture, and the membrane lining the shell will be intact. we're wondering if it's because it's cold outside now (we live in michigan). does anyone know what would cause this? thanks!
     
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    How many hens use the same nest? May be getting stepped on?[​IMG]
     
  3. guardian1

    guardian1 Out Of The Brooder

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    we have 11 birds and they lay about 7 or 8 eggs in one nesting box and we'll usually find one or two one the floor. they seem to really like the one nesting box for some reason.
     
  4. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Yep, Sounds like chicken abuse. I lost alot, but then came across some old 6 hole brooder house nest boxes. No more damaged eggs from my girls.[​IMG]
     
  5. Critter Crazed

    Critter Crazed Chicken Cuddlin' Cheesehead

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    When an egg freezes it usually cracks as a hairline fracture or a bigger crack. Maybe they are freezing? I'm in Wisconsin and if I leave the eggs out in the coop for a long time, they crack and freeze. That would be my guess- freezing.
     
  6. guardian1

    guardian1 Out Of The Brooder

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    we didn't have this problem until it started getting cold out. we've been keeping the girls inside the coop with two heat lamps. they won't come out to save their lives, guess they don't like snow; but they do love to roost right above the heat lamp!

    i just wasn't sure if it was coincidence that we started having this problem when it started getting cold. it's fairly cool inside the coop, but not cold.
     
  7. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bet it's the cold, I got my 1st frozen egg the other day. It was about 20 degrees out and I hadn't insulated the coops yet. Much better now that it's insulated! She had laid the egg in the middle of the night i think.
     
  8. dacdeihl

    dacdeihl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:In the winter an egg can crack when frozen. After is thaws again it will go back to gether. It's an incrediable egg. Just make sure you have oyster shells out for extra calcium as a free choice and that can help strengthen egg shells.
     
  9. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    I have five boxes for 14 laying pullets and should have 6 more pullets laying soon. I think the ratio is 5 hens to 1 box.
     
  10. aalbury

    aalbury Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My theory: Eggs may be a little weaker in the winter due to less Vit D which they usually get some from the sun. Less real sun = less vitamin D. Vitamin D is required to properly use calcium....so - just another idea! I haven't checked the nutritional requirement against whats in the bag nor whether feathers affect the amount of vit D made....

    I also use Layena and have the same occasional hairline or a whole mess with one really stomped on.

    I can't keep shavings or hay in the laying boxes either which I think would help....they love to turn, scratch, and kick for awhile before setting.
     

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