Is it normal for a new egg layer to lay deformed eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by natpb1991, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. natpb1991

    natpb1991 New Egg

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    Hello,

    I'm sure this might have been covered, but I can't find a thread. Is it normal for new egg laying hens to lay soft shelled eggs at the beginning?

    They are on laying feed and free range during the day.

    I have six hens, two lay normal eggs and we've started finding a few soft shell ones or open (cracked open soft shell) ones. The others have not started laying yet.

    I actually saw one of my hens who laid normal eggs, lay a soft one yesterday. They are all new egg layers within the last few weeks.

    Thank you!!!

    Natalie
     
  2. Millermarine

    Millermarine Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens have done the same thing. The very first eggs I found had either cracks in them or a hole. I also noticed they were soft and more oblong than egg shaped. As they have been laying for a couple of weeks now they eggs are now taking on there more eggly shape and have been coming out perfectly. Thus I assumed it was normal.
     
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  3. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Yes, it is normal for them to lay a few deformed eggs. You read more on the subject in the learning center :)
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yes, it's pretty normal for the first month or so, especially the first couple weeks.
    Layer feed should cover calcium needs, but very good idea to provide oyster shells in a separate container always available.
     
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  5. Millermarine

    Millermarine Out Of The Brooder

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    Ahh Oyster shells. I wondered how to feed them. Can they be scattered or should they be put in a separate container?
     
  6. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    I read it was best to have in a separate container so they only eat it when they need it. You could also feed them there eggshells.
     
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    You don't need oyster shell if on layer feed. I use an all flock type feed so use oyster for calcium supplement. I just toss a handful on the ground once a week for around 6 layers. That's all it takes and not needed if using layer feed.
     
  8. Millermarine

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    I am somewhat afraid of feeding them their own egg shells as I am concerned about them eating there own eggs in the coop. My neighbors chicken do this often. Granted they make their children take care of the chickens which really hasn't worked out very well. I take very close and good care of my flock.
     
  9. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    I was afraid of the same thing when I started at least a month ago but so far no one has started eating them.
     
  10. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Eating egg shells does not promote egg eating. Again, just toss them in the run. If not fresh egg shells then cook them, a microwave works well for quick cook and long storage of shells. Back when I used layer feed I'd supplement with their shells. Microwave them for a minute on high to keep then roller pin them quick to break up and toss in the run.
     

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