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First egg broken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by [email protected], Aug 17, 2011.

  1. new@chickens6

    [email protected] In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2011
    Found my first egg this morning. The shell was already broken and very soft. Wondering if this could be because they are young hens or if I need to add the oyster shell grit to their food. Any help with this would be great. Thank You all in advance for your help. I LOVE my Chickens![​IMG]

  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I would start feeding laying pellets & have oyster shell availale.
  3. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
    The first few eggs tend to be small and soft shelled. I give my girls oyster shell and grit daily with their scratch in addition to the layer feed. Congrats on your first egg!
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    That often happens with a young hen's first eggs. If you haven't switched yet, it's time for layer feed, and also, offer them some crushed oyster shells on the side, to promote nice hard eggshells.

    What I do is, my feeders sit up on crates, and then I sprinkle the oystershell around the feeders on the crate. They readily eat it. This will pass and you'll get those nice eggs soon. They might be a little small at first, but they do get bigger.

    Congrats on your first egg!

  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    Yes, I agree to add oyster shell in a separate dish. I bought a 50# bag cheap and it should last a very long time. My girls are still eating unmedicated starter for about 2 weeks due to the ages of the young ones, but I feed oyster shell on the side and I have had 2 very strong eggs from my RIR. If I put the oyster shell in my hand, the girls think it's a special treat and go nuts over it. They seem to really like it.
  6. new@chickens6

    [email protected] In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2011
    Thank you all for the advice. They are on the laying feed now and have been for a few weeks. I have also been giving them meal worms as a treat once a day, they love those. Going to get the oyster grit tomorrow. So excited to have my first egg even though we couldnt eat it. LOL

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