Hen is not laying, but just laid a shell-less egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wisegirl99, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. Wisegirl99

    Wisegirl99 Chirping

    65
    45
    68
    Oct 19, 2018
    One of my hens has not laid eggs in about a month. Just yesterday she laid a shell-less egg. Any ideas of what the problem could be?
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    16,358
    16,714
    832
    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Without any supporting information that could give us some clues, such as age and laying history and behavior of late, the egg could be a result of poor diet, old age, young age, molt or disease.
     
    aart and TooCheep like this.
  3. Wisegirl99

    Wisegirl99 Chirping

    65
    45
    68
    Oct 19, 2018
    She's only about a year and a half old. She used to be a consistent layer, about every other day. Then before she stopped laying, she was laying only soft shell eggs. She eats very well, acting mostly normal. Sometimes she seems a little sleepy when the rest are active, but I've only noticed that a few times. She always has an excellent appetite. She is getting pretty thin though.
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    16,358
    16,714
    832
    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Are you in the US? It's possible she's getting ready to go into her first molt. Egg quality can fall off as molt approaches. Hens do lose weight during molt, too.

    It's also possible she has a reproductive disorder or disease, but less likely than molt since she's still very young. You can try calcium therapy - calcium citrate plus D3 - and see if that restores her egg quality.
     
    Wisegirl99 likes this.
  5. slordaz

    slordaz Crowing

    2,568
    3,529
    432
    Apr 15, 2015
    Idaho
    did she go through molt? my hens tend to stagger theirs but while molting they do not lay , after molt i've seen a few issues, had one shelless and 2 that have gone clear back to laying smaller eggs. shelless eggs though are usually due to calcium depletion.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    65,315
    58,012
    1,427
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    What all and how exactly are you feeding?
    Shelling is about more than just calcium.

    When I have a bird that is acting 'off' I isolate bird in a wire cage within the coop for a day or two....so you can closely monitor their intake of food and water, crop function(checking at night and in morning before providing more feed), and their poops. Feel their abdomen, from below vent to between legs, for squishy or hard swelling.

    Best to put crate right in coop or run so bird is still 'with' the flock.
    I like to use a fold-able wire dog crate (24"L x 18"W x 21"H) with smaller mesh(1x2) on bottom of crate under tray.
    Then you can put tray underneath crate to better observe droppings without it being stepped in. If smaller mesh is carefully installed, tray can still be used inside crate.
     
    azygous likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: