Fragile Eggs Shells, will Ca suppliment help?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sunnysidedown, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. Sunnysidedown

    Sunnysidedown Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, it's been a while. Our 4 hens are healthy and fine but one of them is laying very fragile eggs that break as the hen gets out of the nest. The other 3 hens eggs are just fine, only one hen has this thin shell problem. I give them oyster shell and feed that is fortified with Ca but the problem persists for just this one hen. Not sure if this is a congenital problem or if this hen doesn't consume enough oyster shell? Is there a calcium source that I can add to their drinking water to remedy this thin shell problem? Thanks for any help.
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I have read on here about giving them a crushed up tums to boost calcium, however you also don't want to overdo it. If I understand correctly, you are feeding layer feed and then offering oyster shell on the side, right?
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    IMO, this hen is not metabolizing Ca correctly. You might benefit her by providing a multivitamin in addition to the Ca. Calcium uptake does not occur well unless other vitamins are provided.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat^^^

    I have one that lays thin shells almost constantly.....
    ....all the other birds lay fine eggs, so diet is not the problem, IMO.

    Stress could be a factor as when I had her and a couple others separated for a few days, her eggs were much better...but the problem came back after putting them back with the flock. She's number one on the cull list.
     
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  5. Farmgal101

    Farmgal101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recommend getting its calcium level up.feed the chicken scrambled eggs should help.
     
  6. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Scrambled eggs is good for protein but not calcium. It's very low in calcium.
     
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  7. ponie

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    I'm having the same problem. Annie was laying well until I got two new pullets. I believe it's stress since she had no soft eggs before. She eats oyster shells etc and a dollop of plain yogurt a day. I started giving her nutria drench to see how she responds. Any other suggestions? Also her best friend Lola passed a few weeks ago She was still laying well after Lola's passing.
     
  8. ponie

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    Also she's only a year old so age isn't a factor.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What did the other bird die of?
    Before adding supplements, look at basic diet.
    Read the fine print on tag sewn into bottom of feed bag.
     
  10. ponie

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    Lola died of ascites. I've been feeding Annie H And H Organic layer 19 % protein
     

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