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How many eggs is too many?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jemjdragon, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. jemjdragon

    jemjdragon In the Brooder

    Dec 10, 2011
    So yesterday ChaCha laid a normal egg in the morning but later during her outside time she had laid two more eggs. One on the ground, the other in her "nest box". These two had no shell. One was about the right size for a normal sized egg the other was very small. Both were broken when I found them.
    Today she didn't lay an egg, but that is to be expect since I believe she laid two of her eggs yesterday too early.
    My question is, did she lay her two shell-less eggs because of stress or is it because this is her first year laying?
    Could there be a different cause?
    Also, what should I do? She seems fine and is still just as active and curious as before.

    Also some info about her diet incase that is the problem. She is currently eating layer crumble and has a bowl of mineral grit which has crushed oyster shell premixed into it. Should I give her a bowl of crushed oyster shell as well? She also gets treats which include peas, kio food (rare treat), lettuce, tomatoe (rare treat), and carrots.

  2. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Songster

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    if she is a first year layer, and just started, I would just keep an eye on her, and give her body a chance to figure everything out. The rest of your set up sounds fine [​IMG]
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Is this her first year laying? Sometimes it takes their system awhile to work out the kinks.

    I would give oyster shell separate from the grit. They use the two items differently. A 50 pound bag of oyster shell is cheap and it doesn't spoil, so it lasts forever.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Yes, if she is just starting, it's probably not a huge concern. Her internal egg laying factory has probably not worked out all the kinks.

    Do not get desperate with the oyster shell. Her shell gland makes enough shell material for one egg a day. When her system messes up and releases extra yolks to make extra eggs, the gland does not have enough shell material ready so you can get soft shelled or shell-less eggs. It has nothing to do with her not eating enough calcium.
  5. jemjdragon

    jemjdragon In the Brooder

    Dec 10, 2011
    Thank you for all the information. She did not lay again yesterday but today we got an egg and its normal.
    Oregon Blues, this is her first year laying. And the store we bought the grit from sells the grit with oyster shell already in it. From what i can see there is not too much of it mixed in. If I scoop a handful of the grit I have, I usually only see about 3 pieces of oyster shell in the handful. The only other grit they sell is pigeon grit and the size of the grit particles in the pigeon grit look sharp and much larger than their mineral grit. Do you think I should find a different store to buy my grit so that it doesn't contain oyster shell?
  6. animalsRawesome

    animalsRawesome Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    I don't think that they were worried about the oyster shell IN the grit, they just thought if oystershell was offered separate then she could easily get as much oystershell as she wanted. I think that is what they were saying...

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