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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cindylou75, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. Cindylou75

    Cindylou75 New Egg

    Mar 6, 2016
    I have been reading several topics on this website for the past couple of months. I decided to become a member. I have started raising chickens this year. My daughter and her friends got me a rooster and a hen. Not sure how old the roo is but the hen is about 2 years old. She's challenging me as to my knowledge of caring for chickens. She only lays eggs about every 2-3 days. Her eggs at first were good strong evenly colored eggs. Then they gradually got softer and softer. I was only feeding her laying crumble; so i got her some oyster shell. The shells got better but wer real rough (gritty). And just this morning.........got another soft one. Not sure what is wrong......maybe henopause haha. Any advise would be great. Oooo and i also just bought 6 babies yesterday. They are so cute!
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! As a hen gets older the laying machine can start to produce some odd eggs. As you only have one and one roo she could also be stressed from all the attention from him. One roo can easily handle 10 hens on his own. He could be harassing your hen and she is stressed so this inturn can cause her laying to be upset. The learning centre has some great articles and some good ones on egg quality too. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Wishing you the very best of luck and with your chicks too.
    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2016
  3. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    Yorkshire coop has given you some good advice so I'll just say hello, it's nice to have you here!
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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