Egg troubles

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sethileen, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Sethileen

    Sethileen New Egg

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    Hi, I am Sethileen and I found your site when I was trying to search the web for what might be wrong with my chicken. My husband made me a chicken coop and run for christmas (dec 2011) and then bought 6 adult chickens(I think they are Rhode Island Reds) from a neighbor. At first they only gave 2-4 eggs a day now they are up to 4-6 eggs. However one of the hens has eggs that are very soft. I picked up one of her eggs and my thumb crushed the shell. I cleaned out the egg and washed the shell and it was paper thin. This morning, my husband came in and told me that she had laid another oddity. Where she had been sitting to lay, there was a yolk on the ground, the shell(?) was cork screwed out of the chicken's rear end, but still attached to her. He reached in and held onto the shell(?) and it came right out of her. She acts fine, she eats runs around and drinks. Her feathers look neat and groomed. She isn't ragged or dirty, and she isn't listless. We have oyster shell in the coop, we have begun feeding them goats milk (a friend in a nearby town swears that her chickens lay 2 eggs a day by feeding them the goats milk. She has 6 chickens and says she gets 12 eggs a day). I think that this hen is older than the others and we should have chicken soup. My husband thinks that she needs more calcium and will be fine. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? What should we do to help her or should we just eat her? I have re-posted this here from the new members place where I posted it first.
     
  2. LooneyGoonie

    LooneyGoonie Out Of The Brooder

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    It sounds like she needs more calcium and/or vitamin D. Of course, there are other illnessees that can cause problems with eggs. Since she seems healthy otherwise, I'd give her time to build up some calcium and see what happens. Are you feeding her a layer mix that includes calcium? A high quality feed includes most of the calcium they need, but it's always smart to provide the additional calcium as you said you are.

    Maybe someone who has had this problem before can give you some more suggestions.

    Good Luck!
     
  3. Sethileen

    Sethileen New Egg

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    I wash and crush their shells and feed them back to them for an additional source of calcium. I asked at the feed store what would be best. and my sister feeds chickens and I took their advise on feed.
     
  4. LooneyGoonie

    LooneyGoonie Out Of The Brooder

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    It sounds like you're doing what you should to help the egg situation. Hopefully things turn around for you! Keep searching the forums and you might stumble on someone else who had this problem.
     

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