Help -I keep getting a soft-shelled egg- broken in the nest!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chick4chix, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. chick4chix

    chick4chix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's from one of the two remaining EE's (age 28 wks) who have just begun to lay and I have not identified their egg. Three weeks ago, I found the first one- all smashed into the hay next to a good egg (it had a pinkish/peach flakey shell) . Then a whole week went by and I found another one but this time it was under the roost- not the nest ,and it was pretty dried out so I figured it could have been the first one (before the nest one). Then another week and we got an almost intact pink/peach egg but it had a peck mark/crack but was otherwise whole but the shell was not strong still semi- soft and flakey- you could crush it easily. So I fed oyster shell to everyone and now this morning (a whole week later) I had another totally smashed pink/peach egg on top of the nest and the nest eggs. All the other layers have nice strong shells. What can I do to help her out and why is she going 7-8 days between laying these soft eggs? thanks in advance [​IMG]
     
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  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    If she just started laying, it might take a while for her to get everything right. Sometimes new layers are not so perfect.

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  3. chick4chix

    chick4chix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks- but this is the third week and she is going between 7-9 days between them- is this normal? Shouldn't she be straightened out by now? There were only two left that had not begun laying and the other one laid today so I know who is doing it now. She is the bottom of the pecking order- would that make a difference? For the most part I have a very peaceful flock- they occassionally posture at each other then go about their business-no big fights. [​IMG]
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Yeah, I don't think that's normal

    Could they be hiding them? or a predator eating them?

    It could be the time of the year. It's getting darker or molting.

    My only other thought is that my EE has always been a very erratic layer. Sometimes no eggs for weeks. Hopefully yours aren't like that.

    Gosh, Got me

    Imp
     

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