Hello! I have a question...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ivoryelephant, May 2, 2016.

  1. ivoryelephant

    ivoryelephant New Egg

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    Hi! I have 5 laying hens and have one girl that started laying no shell eggs a few months ago. We have tried oyster shell, ground egg shells, upping protein and vitamins in their water. So far nothing is working. She is the only one we are having trouble with and this has been ongoing for months. They seem to be eating the broken egg too, which I heard is a bad thing? To go back a bit, she was laying eggs that were so large they were getting repaired half way through. Now every egg she lays is shattered once it hits the shavings. Is there anything else we could be doing for her? We got her already laying and I have no idea what her age is, nor do I know how long she has been laying. [​IMG]
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already from Y/Coop so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
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  4. ivoryelephant

    ivoryelephant New Egg

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    Thank you! I will check those out.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Sounds like that's the reason she was sold. Egg eating is a bad habit to break. it usually starts with broken eggs and then hens figure out how to break them . Your hen may be unable to utilize the calcium in the feed. You can also put out a container of crushed oyster shell that all the hens can partake freely if they feel they need it. Obviously the hen you mention has other problems with egg production.
     

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