EE egg laying issue

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bldmtnrider, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. bldmtnrider

    bldmtnrider Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 7, 2011
    I have 6 hens, 4 BRs and 2 EEs.

    About 6 weeks ago I got my first thin/broken shelled egg from one of my EE. Over the next 2 weeks She laid maybe another 3 times, all with thin shells. Since then she has laid maybe once a week with either a membrane only shell or no membrane at all.

    I know the standard answer to this is give her more clacium, but she has free access to all the oyster shells, food and water that she could consume. I also know that this issue is limited to this one EE since my other 5 hens are still averaging 4 eggs a day. I also know they the birds are not eating her eggs as I have inspected it immediately after she laid it only to find a mess in the egg box.

    Any ideas?

  2. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    I would offer that:

    Age. As chickens get older, their internal egg producing organs may become less effective. I have two 3 YO. Both were great producers and are still healthy. One of them has been laying sporadic soft-shells for about 2 months.

    I also found they prefer crushed egg shells over oyster shells. Maybe that would help.
  3. I have an EE pullet doing this, too, and this was after most of her eggs had pimples- although, she still has those on the outside of the egg, but we rarely get an un-broken egg from her anymore because they shells usually crush from being so thin. No one else is affected this way; still hoping it resolves..... (and she, too, has access to all the calcium she wants and I mix it in, too.)

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