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Dented eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Imthegranny, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Imthegranny

    Imthegranny New Egg

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    I am new to the chicken business. I have 13 hens ranging in age 1-4(maybe)?
    Some days I get 0, some days 1, some days 2. Once a week, or so, one of the eggs is dented and very fragile
    They are free range hens + fed Purina Layer pellets with calcium. Some of the shells are very hard, except an occasionally very soft. AS in it breaks if I hold too hard. Any ideas?
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I had a similar issue with some older red sex link hens. They were wonderful layers, and their eggs were jumbo in size, even at a few years old. But, they had fragile shells, no matter what I fed/supplemented. Since that was my experience, it's my first thought about your birds. High production layers can have issues as they get older, and that's one of them. You can try offering additional calcium (oyster shell is good) besides what's in the feed and see if that helps.
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat^^^

    I've had a few that just didn't make good shells.
     
  4. Imthegranny

    Imthegranny New Egg

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    Thanks
    I just don't know who is laying it, and how old she is. Is there a way to tell ages?
    I supplement with calcium, and have just started toasting their egg shells, and crushing them, to put in their food
     
  5. Angels Eggs

    Angels Eggs Out Of The Brooder

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    You can do that? Toast there shells and feed it back to your chickend?
     
  6. Imthegranny

    Imthegranny New Egg

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    Sure. But they have to be "toasted" or cooked. Otherwise they are cannibals, and will then eat their own eggs. It's a way to add calcium to their diet.
    I put mine on a cookie sheet and on top of my wood stove.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Feeding egg shells raw, or not even crushed, is not going to turn your chicken into cannibals or egg eaters.

    Feeding back egg shells can contribute to the calcium intake needed,
    BUT....they should not be mixed into feed.
    Put them in a separate container mixed in with some oyster shell - which is a better calcium supplement.

    If you're feeding Purina Layer pellets with calcium they shouldn't even need extra calcium, but it never hurts to make it available.

    When a flock is all eating the same things, and only one bird has weak shells it's the bird that has the problem rather than the feed.
     
  8. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! Older hens can start having issues like this, and need oyster shell on the side available at all times. It's probably one of the older hens, and may continue regardless of management, or not. Egg shells are not an adequate calcium supplement for high producing hens, oyster shell is better. Are you using supplemental lighting? How long have you had these birds? Any mites/ lice or signs of sneezing? Might you have as egg eater? Lots of variables can influence laying rates and shell thickness! BTW, right now I have 43 hens and pullets, some elderly, and am getting about ten eggs per day! Spring can't come soon enough! Mary
     

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