Hen laying soft-shelled eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TGreenhut, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. TGreenhut

    TGreenhut Chirping

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    My hen hasn't been laying very strong eggs lately....they haven't been soft but just thin.....until today... Today I was out gathering eggs and i found the remains of my white rock's egg (I found soft, almost skin-like, shells); it appears that she ate it because of the soft shell. A couple days ago i bought oyster shells for my chickens to solve this problem, but they won't even touch them! What should I do??
     
  2. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Songster

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    Try grinding up egg shells and mixing it with their food, hope that helps! Good luck!
     
  3. D'Angelo N Va.

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    Mix their food in with the shells...they'll eat them quick enough.
     
  4. TGreenhut

    TGreenhut Chirping

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    Thanks guys!! I'll be sure to try these tips!
     
  5. funfeatheredfeet

    funfeatheredfeet In the Brooder

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    So glad to find this thread. I've had 2 soft eggs this past week. I have 10 barred-rock hens and they lay beautiful, big brown eggs. Suddenly these eggs come about. I have feeders providing oyster shells available at all times. I have no idea who is laying these soft eggs. How do I find out and should I worry about it? Today, I decided, instead of pitching the egg, I thought I'd fry it up for the dog. It was strange, I pinched the "skin" of the egg and broke it into a pan. The egg was a huge yolk!! No white to it (just a film). I don't know what to think. Has anyone had this happen? What do you suggest?
     
  6. farmerKEN

    farmerKEN In the Brooder

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    mix oyster shell with plain yogurt or sour cream and they'll eat it. Mine seemed to pick around the pieces when I had it mixed into their pellets.
     
  7. TGreenhut

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    Quote:Wow that's a great idea because i noticed when I mixed the oyster shells with the feed my chickens picked around it too!
     
  8. funfeatheredfeet

    funfeatheredfeet In the Brooder

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    I will try that. Thanks for the tip!!
     
  9. chickenlittle1980

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    I seem to have the same problem.... One of my Leghorns laid a soft egg it looked like skin.....Kind of gross... She always lays her soft egg at night like 10:30. I know this cause I was just out there getting saddles off the girls to wash When .....PLOP..... the other girl that was on the roost started eating it! And yes ther are osyter shells out for them. I am going to try the ground up shells in sour cream. I have a bared rock that is not laying, I have not figured out who it is. Now it makes me wonder if the same thing is not happening to her egg........ Hmmm Is that the oyster shells or eggs shells
     
  10. TGreenhut

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    My chickens love the oyster shells in sour cream but is it possible for them to have too much of it??? Will they get sick??
     

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