Is there such a thing as the egg shells being too hard.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lonelychicken, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. lonelychicken

    lonelychicken Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2012
    My girls have just started laying 1 for 3 weeks and 1 for 3 days and 1 had her first egg today.

    I never found any rubber eggs or wierd eggs. These eggs from the very first have had very hard shells. My Nephew dropped one on the way to the house this am and it cracked slightly but was not at all smashed. When you crack them on the edge of a bowl or counter the shells are very strong.

    My question is this - Is it ok for the shells to be hard or strong?

    The are all still getting the grower feed because there was only one hen laying. They get what I call morning treats with egg shells, stale or leftover bread, they love cottage cheese so I usually add 2 tablespoons to the treats. Their morning treat ration will usually also have whatever apples, or fruit this has gone "soft". they also have free choice oyster shells. and their hen yard has lots of grass, and bugs.

    Does this diet sound ok? or should I be worried because they have strong egg shells?

    Sorry if this is a stupid question- but love my hens and want to do right by them
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Nope, no worries on having strong shells. Just remember how strong they are if you ever crack store bought eggs again so you don't pulverize them.

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