Laying eggs with thin shells in random places

jackcooper

In the Brooder
5 Years
Feb 19, 2014
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United Kingdom
I have 2 hens now and one of them is doing fine but the outher is not doing to good. She used to lay really good eggs in her nest box but now she is laying random eggs in the morning that have to thin shells. When you pick the egg up it kind of breaks in your hand. She has been eating plenty of oyster shells What is going on please help
 

heartsizedfarm

Songster
5 Years
Feb 24, 2014
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Hmmm. I asked her age because my older hens had very brittle eggs. But they were four, five years old. Some experts will I'm sure weigh in, but maybe she needs more protein than the layer pellets? Offer tuna fish, scrambled eggs? I learned about black oiled sunflower seeds from this site and my laying hens love that. Also feed back their own crushed up eggshells?
 

jackcooper

In the Brooder
5 Years
Feb 19, 2014
54
2
43
United Kingdom
In good condition I just don't know what is up with her she used to lay in the nest box but now around the garden anywhere at 8:00 in the morning now
 

heartsizedfarm

Songster
5 Years
Feb 24, 2014
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If she's generally in good condition then maybe a boost to the diet with BOSS and eggshells might be enough. As for leaving the nest box, that's another puzzle isn't it? Is the other hen overly protective of it? Is it maybe not private and quiet enough there? That's not a nutrition question, that calls for a chicken psychiatrist!
 

jackcooper

In the Brooder
5 Years
Feb 19, 2014
54
2
43
United Kingdom
The other hen is fine about it and they both have there part of the nest box where they lay but l thought it was quite random of her to leave it. The other morning the same hen layed an egg where it was just shell and no yolk why is this ?
 

heartsizedfarm

Songster
5 Years
Feb 24, 2014
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Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Like your avatar! Those yolk less eggs are called wind eggs I think. I get those sometimes too, from my young hens. Like a little popped balloon. Maybe these anomalies are just part of the normal egg laying range?
 
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