Egg Problems

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JensHens, May 1, 2007.

  1. JensHens

    JensHens In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2007
    Ok my chickens are laying eggs like usual but they should be laying darker eggs than this. And the shells are very weak. We picked one up and it just shattered. We are not sure what is going on and we give them oyster shells. We have since they started laying. But our eggs are lighter than they should and have very weak shells and we are wondering if they are ill or if we can fix the problem. Please help!!![​IMG]
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Im sorry I cant tell you for sure...but here is what I would do ACV in the water....will help them absorb the oyster shell protiene...I would try that. Are the layer pellets the same? No change in feed? Maybe someone with more knowledge can tell you more. Good luck . Hope all gets better!
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    Last edited: May 1, 2007
  3. Llysse

    Llysse Songster

    Mar 11, 2007
    Are you giving them the oyster shell free choice, or is it mixed in with their food? Sometimes letting them choose as much as they want can help. Something else that can help is Apple Cider Vinegar, the organic, unpasteurized kind with the vinegar mother in it. It can help the birds metabolize the calcium. Let's see... what else can I think of... are they getting out in the sunlight? Vitamin D helps them to metabolize calcium, too. And adding kelp meal might help with any nutritional deficiencies in minor nutrients.


    Does anyone else have any ideas?
  4. bayouchica

    bayouchica Songster

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    Just a guess but maybe worms? Might not hurt to take a sample to your vet & have them check it out.
    That's all I can think of for now..
  5. chrissieg

    chrissieg Songster

    How old are your chickens? The shell quality reduces with age.
    Try boosting their calcium intake. I crush up their eggshells and feed them back to them. It's easy to do if you find a strong polythene bag and tread on them!

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