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First time chicken owner - first hen laying odd egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pointyp, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. pointyp

    pointyp Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all!
    My 6 mo. old + barred rock hen just started to lay eggs! The first one was a bit rubbery & soft. The other chickens damaged it before I could get a good look at it. The next few eggs were good. I've got a constant supply of oyster shell for them to eat. So is it possible that another rubbery egg will be laid...or is that normal for the first one?
    thanks!
    -Pamela

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  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Colorado
    It certainly can be normal. As long as she's on good layer pellets with free access to the oyster shell I wouldn't be worried at this point. If it continues to happen then you will want to take a closer look and see if there is something else going on.
     
  3. patienceprudencecharity

    patienceprudencecharity Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens had some funky first eggs, including two shell-less rubbery eggs, then some very thin shelled eggs.

    What worked for me was two things:
    1) mixing quite a bit of oyster shell into their food (and of course feeding good layer-specific food, like the Dumor layer crumble you can get at Tractor Supply)

    2) minimizing the greens I was feeding them (and stopping giving the extras for several days until the egg shells stabilized)

    Don't worry! I think your chickens are just doing what they do, as their bodies change.
     
  4. patienceprudencecharity

    patienceprudencecharity Out Of The Brooder

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    I've also read that you only need to put LOTS of extra oyster shell mixed into the feed until the eggshells stabillize, then you can go back to a small amount or separate container. That seems to be true for us.

    What kind of chickens do you have? [​IMG] I'm a new chicken order owner, too.

    Warm wishes,
    Nancy
     

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