egg with puncture marks??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jujubean99, May 20, 2010.

  1. jujubean99

    jujubean99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went out to gether the eggs this morning and I found one that had two holes in it. It looked like the chicken had laid the egg and the pecked two holes into it. Is there any reason why she would be doing this? Is she needing more calcium in her diet? If so, what can I give her? The chickies free range all day everyday and find all sorts of nummy bugs to eat. Is my chicie o.k.?
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Do you give the oyster shells for extra Calcium?? If not I would keep some in a container so they have free choice of it. I use one of the small mineral block holders for horses and keep my oyster shells in one and my grit in another! Works perfectly.. Good luck and I hope you get your problem solved!

    Missi
     
  3. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Give them crushed well-flaked oyster shell, free choice, for the calcium they need to make strong eggshells. It's inexpensive and readily available at your feedstores. Hens will eat the oyster shell they need, if it's always available to them. I keep mine topped off and full -- because the hens will eat it that way, not so much when it is depleted and dusty.
     
  4. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    Two hole in the egg?[​IMG] Are you sure ther's no snakes or racoons getting into your coop?
     
  5. jujubean99

    jujubean99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, i will do the oyster shells, I think I have some tucked away in the shed, but I wasn't really sure what to do with them, now I know! The chicken layed this egg outside the coop while free ranging, so if it was a creepoy crawly at least he isn't in my coop (The thing is like fort knox, after one chicken massacre by a raccoon, I made sure that nothing big or small could get to my babies)!
     

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