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Hen Laying Broken Eggs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickenLady 265, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. ChickenLady 265

    ChickenLady 265 Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, so for awhile I have been finding a broken egg in then nest almost every day. But it didn't look like I had an egg eater, because all the other eggs were unscratched, and the shell was kind of crushed instead of pecked open, and sometimes the yolk was still on the mulch. Then the other day I saw her lay an egg, and it was broken when she layed it. What's going on, does anybody know?[​IMG]
     
  2. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    It sounds as though her shells are weak...this will result in broken shells ..especially if another chicken lays her eggs after in the same nesting box...do you give oyster shell/grit at all?

    You can give her crushed egg shells. vitamin D3 or tums to help her...hopefully she will start laying eggs with stronger shells.
     
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  3. ChickenLady 265

    ChickenLady 265 Out Of The Brooder

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    We do give them oyster shells, and all the other chicken's eggs are always strong. But the thing that makes me wonder, is the crushed shell that is left in the box is hard and crunchy just like the other would be. When I saw her lay the egg, it was broken before it fell on the mulch, the yolk and the shell were separate. Even though the broken shell was still nice and hard, should I still give her the vitamins? Thanks for your help, I really have no idea what's going on! [​IMG]
     
  4. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    i would certainly try giving her some additional calcium..to see if it helps her,

    Sumi has written a wonderful insight into egg problems here on BYC..if you type in "Common egg quality problems" in the search button at the top of the page it gives great insight into why this may be occuring... can be for a multitude of reasons...

    Good luck!
     
  5. ChickenLady 265

    ChickenLady 265 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I will check that out [​IMG]
     

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