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I know this has been asked, and kinda answered........but

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gog8tors, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. gog8tors

    gog8tors Out Of The Brooder

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    My older hen is eating her own eggs. Now I don't want her going into the stew pot, nor do I want her teaching the others to start eating their eggs.
    I noticed that her eggs (well the shell that's left) are very thin. We're thinking she is about 5 or 6 years old, we've only had her about 2 years.
    My flock free ranges, and we feed them the regular laying pellets/corn scratch. They also have oyster shells available. I haven't put egg shells out for them because, one I use them in the compost pile, and two I don't want to encourage the egg eating.

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    First switch to a higher protein feed, an all flock or non medicated grower, or a game bird, the scratch you feed dilutes the total protein they eat in a day and they get deficiencies, something with a 18-20% protein content. Next get some oyster shells and offer them in a separate bowl for free choice calcium needs. Most egg eating is from one of these deficiencies. For a quick boost scramble them some eggs or offer small amounts of cottage cheese. If a thin shelled egg cracks when laid it will often be eaten. Also make sure you nest boxes are well bedded.
     
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  3. gog8tors

    gog8tors Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you I will try your suggestions.
     
  4. MelodyC

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    What would be a "small amount of cottage cheese" for a flock of 12? I found which hen it is that is laying the soft-shelled eggs in our flock, but unfortunately she had already gotten up and was in the house with other hens and I can't tell the RIR's apart. I'll also have to get a higher protein feed to mix into the layer feed.
     
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  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Soft shelled eggs are usually from being frightened or stressed or just occur occasionally, especially at the beginning and the end of the laying season, it's not that unusual.

    For a flock of 12 I would give them around a quarter to half of a larger containers 1-3 times a week for a week or two, or just give them some every week or two, about half the container, depending on if they seem to tolerate it well.
     
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  6. MelodyC

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    Thanks!! Just curious - will that firm them up also? Have one with a runny butt, and someone had suggested pumpkin, but none will touch it.
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I don't know, sometimes dairy can make them looser, so try a small amount than increase it if they do okay, perhaps if you sprinkle something they are familiar with on top of the pumpkin they would try it.
     

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