Laying Issue - Advice Please

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greatblueheron, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. greatblueheron

    greatblueheron Out Of The Brooder

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    Last fall I got three young hens all of which have just started laying in the last month or two. Everything seemed to be going well and each one would lay every one or two days. All three lay a different color egg so it's easy to tell who's doing what. But in the last week two of them suddenly stopped. I thought it was weird but wasn't too worried until this morning when I found two eggs from the same chicken in the nest box. One was broken and the other was intact but very small and broke as soon as I picked it up. She seems fine, but I'm wondering, is this similar to internal laying? Should I be concerned? My husband was reading that oyster shell can cause issues such as this and they have, until today, been getting oyster shell. Can oyster shell cause laying problems? FYI - this particular hen just started laying a few weeks ago. Anything else cause this sort of issue? Thoughts and/or suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Some of it may be due to them being pullets and the cooler weather/shorter days.

    If you are getting fragile eggs, the oyster shell should help. A faster way to get it into their systems is to feed a good quality layer feed. It has the correct levels of calcium for good egg production. If they are still getting chick starter, it doesn't have calcium.
     
  3. greatblueheron

    greatblueheron Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I just hope she's ok. Their eggs are usually super hard actually. They get Layena. Is that one good? One you would recommend?
     
  4. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Layena is a good feed. You can get it from TSC and some other retailers.

    If they have hard shells, that means they are getting a good supply of calcium in their diet.
     

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