First week laying and acting weird

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by GoChick, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. GoChick

    GoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my pullets just started laying. I feed them layers feed, have oyster shells available all the time, treats are mostly BOSS but sometimes bread, yogurt, and leftovers.
    They free-range most of the time, so they do have access to greens. However, the pullet that just started to lay (a Barred Plymouth Rock) has all of a sudden this desperate look on her - when I went to lock their coop, I opened the door to make sure all 6 were inside, and she just jumped out and ran away and dashed to the compost pile, and found some crushed egg shells - and this, after dusk!!! so I guess there is something missing from her diet - maybe more calcium?

    So far, the 5 eggs she's layed have beautifull hard shells.

    Have you seen this behavior before, when they start laying? What can I do to supplement her diet? As I said, she has free access to oyster shells.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. GoldenCometLady

    GoldenCometLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens prefer egg shell to oyster shell
    It is not a problem I just save them and crush them up
    and feed back in a seperate feeder free choice.
    No prep of the shells are needed.
     
  3. GoChick

    GoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks - just crushing the shells are easier than having to bake them as I read on some postings here... she'll be getting her shells back today!!
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have noticed with my hens that occasionally (not anymore but when they first started laying) there is an egg that has a soft shell or no shell at all. Then the shells are hard and normal after that.

    I just call these occurrences "oopses" in the egglaying process. Back to normal tomorrow! [​IMG]

    Make sure you make those shells unrecognizable as eggs so they don't start eating their eggs. [​IMG]
     

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