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eggs that are smoosh when layed by my hen!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tsagirl, May 7, 2008.

  1. Tsagirl

    Tsagirl Songster

    Dec 9, 2007
    OK here is the synopsis:

    My hen is 5 months old and has started laying eggs very well for a week. Then all of a sudden her eggs that she lays are ones with a very smooshy shell!! 3 days later(today)I went out and found a egg with just a thin sheet that looks like a shell around it!! What is wrong with my hen??!?!

    She is getting fed layer pelets and rolled corn and of course anything else to be found in the yard like bugs and stuff. I feed nothing else. She is the only laying hen and we have other chickens with her(silkes,frizzles and a couple of standards that are not old enough yet to lay)

    Please help! I hope she is ok?!

  2. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Do you give her the oyster shell? That helps in making the shell a little harder.
  3. CUDA

    CUDA Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    You can see some common problems, and remedies on my site HERE . Good luck!
  4. Tsagirl

    Tsagirl Songster

    Dec 9, 2007
    I just got oster shell and hope that helps!

    Thank you for your site! Very informative!

    cross your fingers for my hen "Stripy"
  5. GoChick 101

    GoChick 101 In the Brooder

    May 3, 2008
    Yes, oyster shell is good, sometimes I would give my layers milk. They come running! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    New layers often lay unusual eggs until they're system gets used to laying eggs. I don't think you have anything to worry about.

    An added note: Typically oyster shell supplements are not required until after their first year of laying as long as they are on proper layer rations. The reason being is that older hens have a harder time metabolizing nutrients and will extract calcium from their bones to use to form egg shells.


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