Laying started early and unprepared - are these normal?


In the Brooder
Apr 4, 2021
Hi Everyone!

Two of my four little chickens have started laying - at almost exactly 18 weeks. Reading on this forum and others, I was not expecting it to be honest. I kind of thought it would be a bit later 🥴.

I have two Isa Browns and two Australorps - and today I saw two eggs.
They are still on their pullet feed (8-16 weeks) and haven't offered any calcium supplements so far.
I'll attach photos of the two eggs - is there a problem with them?

I've been meaning to go out and get things sorted, but with strict lockdown in Sydney, and only 1person/household being allowed to leave per day, getting chickens ready for laying has not been on the top of the to-do list, especially because I thought I had a few more weeks up my sleeve!

I'll change the feed soon, but other than that, I just want to make sure the eggs are okay. Is there anything else I need to do?
Also, if calcium were to be offered, do I just leave it out on a dish?


Thank you so much!
Matthew M

Rhodebar Lover

Brahma Fanatic
7 Years
Apr 5, 2015
Arrington, Tennessee USA
I would free feed supplemental calcium on the side in a small dish or feeder. They look normal to me, just looks like the bloom is a bit irregular! I sometimes see eggs like this in older hens and this might improve with age :) I wouldn't worry and just make sure they get the calcium soon! You could also bake and crush egg shells in the meantime to make sure they have enough calcium.

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