Help, soft eggs **UPDATE****

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by schellie69, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    Kansas
    I have 6 regular size chickens that lay from pink to dark brown eggs, about a week ago we got a soft shell egg but that was when we found out that our timer for our light was wrong so since then we turn off the light completely I went out side this morning and found 2 soft shell eggs pink and a tan one, but found 2 eggs from my bantams both blue that were fine, we feed them a good layer mix along with treats (scratch, veggies fruit) we also let them free range during the day I do crush up their egg shells and give them back to them at lease once a week or more. I have been getting eggs for about 2 1/2 months the last three just started laying all three brown egg layers so I am not sure who laid the eggs but is there something I need to do more, I am going to go get oyster shell for them do I leave it out for them full time or just mix with their feed. what else can I do I am going to try and see if I can pin point which one laid the soft eggs, it looks like they were laid from the perches because they were on the coop floor all my ladies now lay in the nest boxes thank you for any help in this matter.
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2009
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They need the calcium. Get the oyster shell and leave it out for them full time. They will take it when they need it.
     
  3. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    Kansas
    why would only 2 of my 10 have soft eggs when the rest are extra hard shells I am so confused chickens are such strange people
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Sometimes it just happens, especially with younger hens. Nothing to worry about


    imp
     
  5. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    Quote:I agree. Just give them the oyster shell and all will be fine. [​IMG]
     
  6. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a similar problem.

    It could be calcium problem or not enough grit to grind up the oystershells.

    I mixed yogurt, crumbles, grit, fine crushed oyster shells. Feed it to them for a every day until the soft shells stop the cut back to 2 or 3 times a week.
     
  7. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens have been laying since July, mostly one egg a day with very strong shells. But today I got a very thin shelled egg (soft). So I guess it's just something that happens!
     
  8. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    Kansas
    Update: I have 6 brown egg layers today I went out to check nest I found 5 very hard shell brown eggs, no problems also I got 3 eggs from bantams and they were all find now where could those to brown eggs of come from could one hen lay more then one thank you for your help in this matter
     
  9. wlrcad

    wlrcad Out Of The Brooder

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    GRIT GRIT GRIT u can but it at local feed store!
     
  10. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    Kansas
    they have grit, everyday so I know they have enough grit, along with layer feed some scratch as treats they free range, I also give them egg shells every other day I also bought yogurt for them I ended up with 5 good eggs today from 6 brown egg layers still can not figure out where the soft eggs came from
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2009

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