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Egg colors & cracked eggs...just started laying 2 weeks ago.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rosscreekranch, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. rosscreekranch

    rosscreekranch New Egg

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    My Golden Sexlink chickens just started laying. I was curious about the different shades of brown. The lighter ones seem to have a thinner shell and some have been cracked on the end. My chickens have oyster shell available, but don't really go for it. I heard that they will eat if their body needs it and won't if they don't...fact or myth? Also, does anyone lay carpet or astroturf in the bottom of nesting boxes to prevent cracking. What is your experience as far as hygiene & less egg cracking? Thanks!
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    If they only started laying recently their shell glands will still be immature and odd eggs, strange shells etc will be normal. They will work out all these kinks in their reproductive systems as they lay more though. I cannot tell you anything about the carpet/astroturf idea. I just make sure I have a good layer of either wood shavings, dry grass or straw in my boxes and so far I've had very little problems with egg breakages. I'm sure it can work though :)
     
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  3. rosscreekranch

    rosscreekranch New Egg

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    We've used pine shavings and straw. They have been pushing their bedding to the sides and exposing the wooden bottom, maybe causing some of the cracking.
     
  4. sbhkma

    sbhkma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine would push the shavings aside too. So I put a double layer of cardboard down, then the shavings on top of that. I figure this way there's still a cushion for the eggs. One of the girls is laying in the nest box. The other that's laying is using the mulch in the rose bushes. 2 weeks of eggs and no cracked ones yet! Still waiting for my other 3 slacker hens to lay. 2 others are about ready, squatting and checking out the nest boxes.
     
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