Latex eggshell or what?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WILDBACK40, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. WILDBACK40

    WILDBACK40 New Egg

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    Hey everybody this is wildback40 new to the forum raising chickens for a year. Had a hen lay this morning and the shell looked like and felt like latex. Anybody know what could cause that?
     
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  2. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Not enough calcium. Hens should always have oyster shell available and be feed layer food.
     
  3. WILDBACK40

    WILDBACK40 New Egg

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    Rebecca thanks for answering, I feed my hens layer crumbles 16%, and have free choice grit and oyster shell available also. Congratulations on your Rooster!
     
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  4. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    This post is extrememly funny with the changes made to the word e g g.
     
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Welcome! Sorry about the computer server issues we are having today!

    If you give them treats and goodies or they free range, often the 16% layer isn't quite enough calcium. Also, sometimes they just lay a "dud". Good luck!
     
  7. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Hmm, well then it is probably a fluke. Our hen recently skipped one day and the next laid one e g g in the morning like usual and then in the afternoon, she laid a shelless one in the middle of the driveway [​IMG] She seemed as surprised as we were [​IMG] I guess she was backed up [​IMG]
     
  8. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:On the first part, I'm thinkin' that instead of Y2K, it's M4/1.

    About the e g g, new layers sometimes do wierd things before the e g g plumbing gets worked out.

    Calcium in the form of oyster and/or e g g shells should be offered free choice.
     
  9. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Maybe we should all get latex roosters, it would be a lot more quiet around [​IMG]
     
  10. WILDBACK40

    WILDBACK40 New Egg

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    Thank you all for the replies I'm thinking it was just a fluke. And I'm going to check out the link Wynette posted for me. But ya know when ya don't have problems and all the sudden something like that happens ya start searchin for explanation before there's more problems. I have a barred rock thats loosing feathers at one year don't know if she layed the e g g or not but I've watched her for hours and she just keeps dropping feathers and I'm thinkin she's a little early for molt!
     

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