1. msshepherdess

    msshepherdess Out Of The Brooder

    44
    0
    32
    Feb 17, 2007
    My older chickens are laying eggs that don't have shells. Any clues?
     
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    6,966
    19
    283
    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    What are you feeding them? Have they just moulted? Are you giving them oyster shell and grit?
     
  3. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    4,871
    22
    251
    Jan 11, 2007
    if this is happening continuously then it is a sign that somehting is not right... how old is "old"? What are you feeding them and are they getting free choice oyster shell? Have they had Infectious Bronchitis (often referred to as a "cold") ?
     
  4. msshepherdess

    msshepherdess Out Of The Brooder

    44
    0
    32
    Feb 17, 2007
    I can't tell exactly which bird is doing it, but it has to be one that is at least 1 1/2, 2 or 3 yrs. old. Unfortunately, I didn't start marking them until the new flock this year and I know my oldest birds have died. I feed everybody Southern States laying mash. Also, they're not sitting when this happens but sitting on their perch at night.
    I'll get some oyster shells.
    While I've got someone's attention! Any ideas how to lure my free range chickens back to the hen house at night. A raccoon got in there about a month ago and killed several an now about 2/3 of my flock won't come in at night.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by