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Help Hen, laying with out shell dosen't feel good

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wilsons1996, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. wilsons1996

    wilsons1996 Hatching

    Nov 17, 2010
    I'm just getting started with my chickens. They have just started laying. I have a buff orphington that has been laying daily. This last week she has started laying with out the shells and now is acting very lethargic. She seems to have no energy and weak. What is happening?? How can I help her?? Can she make the other hens sick?? I only have 4???
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2010

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You need to repost in the emergencies section, and answer the questions at the beginning of the section, as more information is needed.
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    The two might not be related, but one thing that jumps to mind is perhaps hypocalcemia -- lack of calcium in the blood/body/tissue. That certainly might explain the shell problems on the eggs. Could be something totally different, too.

    Does the bird have adequate dietary calcium. Do you use something like oystershell or eggshells to supplement?

  4. oldtimeway

    oldtimeway In the Brooder

    Dec 5, 2010
    Yes, lack of calcium will make them act sickly it's just like milk fever in a cow and can be fatal. Are you giving your chickens oyster shell?

    The other thing that may have happened is since she's been laying soft shelled eggs, she maybe had one break inside her and that's what the problem is. You can insert your fingers in the egg vent and check and see if this has happened.

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