Death the chicken lays soft shelled eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chixapocalypse, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. chixapocalypse

    chixapocalypse New Egg

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    One of our chickens, Death, is laying non-viable eggs with soft shells. She has always been a bit of an outsider in the coop. Keeps to herself. She has a malformed beak where the top is curved similarly to a raptor's beak, so the top and bottom do not meet up correctly. She eats from our hanging food container all the time and she is good sized. How is it, if this is indeed the problem, that she is not getting enough calcium when all the other chickens are laying fine? Any suggestions on what we can do for her? Thanks.
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    How old is she?
     
  3. chixapocalypse

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    We got her as a non-laying pullet at the end of December. The 5 birds that we have are all similar in age and the other 4 have been consistently laying for a solid month. This bird is hard to tell when she lays because the eggs get destroyed by her buddies. I would guess that she is not laying on a daily/every other day pattern like the others.
     
  4. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had this happen to one of my ducks. I think this means that they are not getting enough calcium.
     
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    The issue is that she is not old, she is very young. And the eggs are soft, almost like very thin leather. I don't understand how one bird could not be getting enough calcium when the other 4 are.
     
  7. ccrow

    ccrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't offer any helpful advice, but I feel your pain! I have somebody(or maybe more than one somebody) who is doing this, too. No shell, or just the thinnest layer on the membrane- just enough to give it color and feel rough. I have calcium supplement available, and I get normal eggs too so...[​IMG]
     
  8. chixapocalypse

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    It is just so weird.
     
  9. FeatherPainter

    FeatherPainter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same thing going on and am trying to figure out which one it is that lays so many soft shells. I'm getting four to six eggs from six hens every day since December and about every five days I get a soft shelled one. Usually all the other eggs are very hard so I'm not sure what to do, they all get extra calcium from oyster shell and ground eggshells.
     
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