Egg question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Whidbeynurse, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. Whidbeynurse

    Whidbeynurse In the Brooder

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    I have four 21-week old Barred Rock hens. 1 has been laying consistently in the nest box for the past week. 4 days ago I found 2 eggs but since then only 1 a day. This morning I went out and found this on the floor of the coop:


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    Forgive the mangled appearance. I scooped it out of the coop before the hens could get to it. The yolk is intact and all of the 'white' appears to be there so I don't think any of them were eating it. The 'shell' is paper thin and appears to have ruptured when it was laid. Is this probably a first egg from one of my other hens and is this normal?
     
  2. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chirping

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    Sounds like your hens need a calcium supplement. Usually, even a first time egg, will be perfectly intact. For a supplement, I give mine ground oyster shell with their feed every couple of days. Hope this helps.

    HS Pye
     
  3. I agree yes, HS Pey, I plz need to know how you get the bottom msg to display on your post
     
  4. Whidbeynurse

    Whidbeynurse In the Brooder

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    Have been giving them oyster shell (in a dish in the yard they can freely help themselves to). :-\
     
  5. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chirping

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    Ours don't like the oyster shell plain, so I mix it with their feed. Maybe you could try that?

    HS Pye
     
  6. Whidbeynurse

    Whidbeynurse In the Brooder

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    Will do. My oyster shell is slightly bigger than the grit I put out for them. They scatter it around but eventually eat it. Can I get it smaller ground? PS, how do you get your scripture verse at the bottom of your post? I like it [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2013
  7. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chirping

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    I don't know about getting it smaller ground, you might have to look around. Thank you!

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    Last edited: Sep 16, 2013

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