My EE has laid several soft eggs in a row.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Pet Duck Boy, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Songster

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Hawk, my EE girl usually lays a very nice dark green egg every day or two. But lately (The past 5-6 days) she's been laying soft-shelled eggs, heck, no shell. Just a tough green membrane. Not even in the nest box but somewhere around the run. She is a new layer though, started a month ago. The others enjoy this, since they break the membrane and gobble the yolk up everytime, though they don't bother the daily normal eggs. I was gone for 4 days, and during this time all 5 ate nothing but 16% layer (With 4% calcium) and any bug that wandered in. When I got back I found around 3 dried up membranes. It has me worried since she hasn't laid a normal egg for a several days. They are let out for several hours a day if the weather permits, get a nightly handful of oyster shell scattered on the ground, the regular layer, bananas, cheese, spinach, and other fruit. This has been their regular diet for 2 months and all eggs have been perfect up until now. Is this just a kink in her egg laying, or something I should be more worrid about? Her behavior is jsut fine.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2010
  2. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Songster

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Anyone??? She went in the nest box for a little bit and came out, but there was no sign of an egg.
  3. shopchicks

    shopchicks Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    Boise, Idaho
    I don't know, but this exact thing is happening with my green egg laying EE right now. Got a thin-shelled egg that she layed off of the roost, and a fart egg after several days of no eggs. All the other girls are laying fine. I'm hoping it's just a phase while her system gets used to the egg-laying routine.

    Good luck with yours!
  4. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    Try adding oyster shell to their diet. She's missing enough calcium to make the eggs. Offer it free choice.


    Okay, I see she's got oyster shell -- I'd offer it free feed all the time. Chances are the eggs will firm up over time.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2010
  5. mpwjaa06

    mpwjaa06 In the Brooder

    Aug 17, 2009
    Long County
    I give my girls sunflower seeds too. Plus I give mine dry dog food that I soak and I have never had that problem have heard of alot of ppl saying that it happens.
  6. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana

    Just out of curiosity, why do you offer dog food?
  7. Montana-Hens

    Montana-Hens Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    Buxton, Montana
    I have had similar circumstances....

    A newly laying EE laid about 3 soft shell to every usable egg. Now she has completely stopped laying after this stuff for 2 weeks, she is now eggless for this whole last weeek. She is only 24 weeks old. I am not sure what comes next, but all my other ladies are laying just fine. No shell problems and no missing eggs.

    I hope this girl figures things out soon. Am I have the same problem Pet Duck Boy?
  8. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Please offer your girls oyster shells in a bowl, free choice. This way, each can consume what their body requires - some girls need more and some need less. When you put it in the run/coop, make a fuss over it, so that your girls gather round and try some. I have noticed my head roo will bring the girls over to the oyster bowl and cluck/sing so the girls nibble on some.

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