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First egg or calcium deficiency?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MamaWalker, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. MamaWalker

    MamaWalker Out Of The Brooder

    May 2, 2015
    Mountainburg Arkansas
    I have several hens that are laying but three that have not started yet. I don't know if this could be a first egg? I've been feeding oyster shell and laying pellets? Any input would be appreciated.
  2. RavenBlue

    RavenBlue Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 9, 2015
    Could be a first egg, if you have any hens that are moulting it is more likely from one of them as the moult is so draining on them that they usually stop/slow laying. My moulting hens have layed a few odd shaped eggs, a few teeny eggs and one without a shell like yours. If they are getting layers pellets and oyster shell i wouldn't be worried about calcium deficiency.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    It could be. Some pullets start laying off soft shelled eggs, it's completely normal. As all of the kinks of the new egg factory get worked out, they will become normal eggs.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Soft shells, and other oddities, can be pretty common within the first month or so of laying.

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