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hen's first egg today...weird...do i need to change feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bassfishrman, May 18, 2007.

  1. bassfishrman

    bassfishrman In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2007
    one of my 6 hens i have been raising layed her first egg this am. i found it on the floor of the coop in the straw. It was paper thin. When i picked it up, it caved in all over.

    Question: is this normal for a hen's first egg or do i need to add oyster shells to diet?

    FYI: this hen eats the same layer crubles as my other hens and their eggs are hard as a rock. I feed them laying crumbles and they free range also.
  2. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Maybe she just needs extra calcium!?!? Is she younger than the other one you refer to??
  3. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    First eggs are sometimes thin and/or small. Give her body some time to get used to the process. Also have some oyster shell available in case she needs some extra calcium.
  4. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Sometimes the hens reproduction process hasn’t fully developed, this is also why you usually get double yolk eggs early then it ceases all together when the chicken fully matures.
  5. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    all of my hen's first eggs were small ,or thin shelled
  6. suburbanchick

    suburbanchick Songster

    Apr 7, 2007
    Raleigh NC
    Sorry, I don't have any advice for you, but I'm curious about how old your hen is now that she has laid her first egg?

    What about everyone else?
  7. Motherhenandflock

    Motherhenandflock Songster

    May 17, 2007
    Southeast Idaho
    Have a bowl or container available of oyster shell. Your feed store should carry it. A 50# bag will last forever!
    Gives them what they need for strong shells.

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