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Molting chicken laying soft shell or cracked eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cjpines, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. cjpines

    cjpines Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicken age 1 /2 yrs started molting. Now she lays soft or broken shell eggs about twice a week. I'm giving her extra calcium and vits to see if it improves.

    Question: Is it because she's molting why her eggs are like this? Will she eventually stop laying all together while in full molt?

    I thought molting stops egg laying?

    Thank you
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Are you sure it's her eggs? It usually stops egg laying. Is she laying every day or twice a week?
     
  3. cjpines

    cjpines Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are pretty sure it's her eggs. Lays probably twice a week.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I've heard of molting birds laying occasionally but building a new winter coat takes a lot out of them and any strain on the system and available protein usually stops ovulation.
    As for the poor quality shells, just make sure the calcium/phosphorus/vitamin D3 ratio is proper. That comes from either a complete layer feed or a grower/all flock feed with oyster shell in a separate container. Few treats unless they are in the form of meat/fish to supplement the protein needed for growing feathers.
     
  5. cjpines

    cjpines Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good advice, thank you. I didn't know strain and protein stops ovulation.
     

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