Delaware laying two soft shelled eggs a day?

Vickery

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Is this possible? "Hazel" is a 9 month old Delaware...no exceptional situations going on. Just the usual Northern Nevada winter...cold, and shut up in the coop this last week or so. She's got oyster shell and a good layer feed. Fresh water, daily (but sparse ) greens...and some high protein snacks (but not too many). This is the second time I think she did it...last time they both were broken. I saw her get off the nest and they were warm, warm, warm...
I think she laid them BOTH at the same time...WHAT!!!!???? Let me know what you think...all you seasoned "chicken peeps" out there! Thanks. Vickery
 

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Common causes of soft shelled eggs are excessive panting because of warm weather, and a lack of calcium. Another cause can be when hens are rushed to lay due to stress, or even loud noises. And of course soft eggs some get layed when they are starting and ending a laying season. In your case I think it was stress, being confined to the coop might be enough stress to cause it, if it continues I would do some investigation as to whether she's being bothered by anything. Otherwise it's nothing to be too concerned about.
 

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Common causes of soft shelled eggs are excessive panting because of warm weather, and a lack of calcium. Another cause can be when hens are rushed to lay due to stress, or even loud noises. And of course soft eggs some get layed when they are starting and ending a laying season. In your case I think it was stress, being confined to the coop might be enough stress to cause it, if it continues I would do some investigation as to whether she's being bothered by anything. Otherwise it's nothing to be too concerned about.
Never heard this one before?

Agrees it might be stress. Do they have plenty of room in their coop?
2 ova released at the same time might have just glitched out the system and they didn't get shelled.
 

Vickery

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New Coop...plenty of room (designed for 20 chickens) now only 7! I'm thinking stress...hope so...cause I had a RIR a year ago that had a metabolic problem for underdeveloped shells (I tried EVERYTHING with her). Thanks for your thoughts. Vickery.
 

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Never heard this one before?

Agrees it might be stress. Do they have plenty of room in their coop?
2 ova released at the same time might have just glitched out the system and they didn't get shelled.
I have read multiple times in my Backyard Poultry magazine the when they pant during hot weather they express calcium, I think calcium carbonate during respiration, trying to remember, which reduces the amount of calcium available to go into the shell production, that's why people will see more soft eggs in the heat.
 

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