Deficiency in calcium? Help please :-)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cynthia 085, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. Cynthia 085

    Cynthia 085 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Cochin who can't see very well (probably a birth defect).

    She knows where the food and water is and gets around just fine. She is now laying and I find her eggs very thin. This worries me.

    I give her veggies daily and offer calcium, but by the look of her eggs shell she might not be taking in enough calcium.

    I give her layer food, but I offer all my chickens extra calcium if they need it.

    What can I do to help her?
    I don't know if she knows where the extra calcium is.

    I don't want her to be eggbound or calcium deficient.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    The veggies could be cutting down on the amount of calcium she is getting; I would keep the quantity very small, or cut them out. You can add a Tums tablet to the water, which I wouldn't do more than twice or three times a week.

    There are actually several possible causes of thin shelled eggs, and it may be you won't be able to correct this in her. See here:

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

    TGRREZ Out Of The Brooder

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    I had one pass thin shelled eggs and one time, without shell at all. Soft egg. I got some liquid calcium from tractor supply and gave her 1.5cc, she is a bantam. I think with reg size hens they can have 3cc once daily till they perk up. I also have oyster shell in a separate dish. She calcium really helped.
     
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  4. Cynthia 085

    Cynthia 085 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys.
    You advice helps and makes me feel better.

    No soft shell eggs yet. Just that compared to the other eggs I get her egg shells are not as thick.
     
  5. Necklace

    Necklace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my hens started laying thin shelled eggs for awhile.. I started grinding up the egg shells I use for cooking and adding it to there food.. I worked for me and saved me some money instead of buying it at the store.... it might be worth a shot.. hope all goes well.. :)
     
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  6. Cynthia 085

    Cynthia 085 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes!
    Great idea :)
     
  7. Bratty477

    Bratty477 Out Of The Brooder

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    I noticed an egg here and there with really "soft" shells when one of my hens started to lay. I started grinding eggshells, added them into plain yogurt and give them a few spoonfuls every day. I haven't had a problem since and they absolutely seem to love the yogurt. I bought oyster shells but the chunks seemed so big I wasn't sure if they were even eating it but by using eggshells and yogurt, I knew they were having every bit!
     
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