egg shells crack easily also egg yolks break easily .

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bobby1943, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. bobby1943

    bobby1943 New Egg

    Apr 6, 2007
    my laying hens lay eggs that have shells that break easily also the yolks break when fried even though they are fresh eggs. the hens run loose during day in field. what is lacking ?
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    It sounds like they need more calcium. Try giving them some oyster shell. You can buy it at the feed store.

  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress opinion, would be they need Oyster harden up those shells. Offer it to them in a pan, free choice...they will only eat what they know they need.
  4. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    How old are the hens? That can happen in old age.
  5. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2007
    Southern WV
    How old are they. The older they get, the tinner the shells become. Oyster shells may help some.
  6. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    they need free chice oyster shell.or it could be something they are going through.
  7. CranberryBirds

    CranberryBirds Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2007
    Another good source of calcium is dairy products. However, I've only ever given these as a treat (yogert, oatmeal made with milk, etc). Putting them out every day would be a pain, so oyster shell is better.

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