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Egg shell quality questions -----------> Follow up with Hen loss.... Found dead just 20 minutes afte

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 8675309j, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. 8675309j

    8675309j In the Brooder

    May 23, 2013
    This is a picture of my Wellsummers "Belle" (15 months) big egg. Her's are always huge and she is our smallest but oldest Hen. Hers always have some sort of white residue on them. Sometimes there is a blood spot in them as well. Other than that the shell is nice and hard and her eggs are JUMBO and a beautiful dark red brown color.

    My Buff Orpington "Lola" (10 months) lays a perfect large egg every time.

    My larger Buff Brahma, "Freckles" (10 months) lays pretty regular nice large eggs but have noticed a few times they come out with a bump or two like wart on them.

    and our smaller Buff Brahma (named "Pee Wee" because she is smaller than her twin also 10 months) lays smaller nice eggs, sometimes with a small ring shape around it and most recently this teeny tiny egg.

    Are these normal eggs or is there something wrong with my hens.


    And these are my Girls

    PeeWee, Freckles, Lola, Belle

    We found our lovely PeeWee dead yesterday. Very sudden. Let her out of the coop for the day at 7:30am and was leaving to run kids to school at 8. She was in the back driveway, no trauma, no feathers ruffled, no illness that we could detect. My only guess is sudden heart attack or egg bound issue? She is the one that layed the tiny eggs, would go up and down to the nesting boxes several times some days with nothing happening. I have no idea, new to this but it was a huge hit to us yesterday. She seemed very healthy. My daughter found her first, and carried her to us her neck was very limp so not sure if it was broken or if that is just natural with death. Didn't have it in me to inspect much further. Any idea's what she could have died so suddenly of at 10 months old???
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2014

  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Those are all normal.

    Chicken eggs are lovely, and fun.... I am obviously too tired to give a better answer. :p

    But I don't see anything to worry about.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  4. 8675309j

    8675309j In the Brooder

    May 23, 2013
    As far as the original post and the calcium, what could they be eating that would add too much calcium? They free range most all day. They get layer crumble and scratch (I add DE to food from time to time to help with worms). Fresh water. Some left over fruits and veggies on occasion. They will get Rice as a treat once every few weeks if there is some left over. Any other ideas?
  5. DE is about 20-25 % calcium.

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