My first egg

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by goodchicks, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. goodchicks

    goodchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my chicken laid her first egg today it has a very thin shell. This chicken came from a local feed and seed store as a laying pullet (not a baby chicken) I know he feeds them commercial feed and keeps them very clean, overall she is healthy, would she laid stronger shells eggs?
    I forgot my turkey ate the egg she laid the egg outside the coop
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Sounds like a calcium deficiency. Make sure your feed is for layers..consider at least for awhile to supplement her calcium.
     
  3. goodchicks

    goodchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you I started diet supplement I'm affraid my other chicken might not need any extra calcium, the layers are new to my flock. Thanks a million:D
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    A better approach for a flock that is not 100% active layers (this means mixed gender, chicks with hens, hens who are not laying due to age, molt, etc) is to use a grower feed and offer calcium in the form of oyster shell, etc. Even w/out a mixed flock, many prefer the higher protein content of a grower feed vs. the lower content in layer feed. The only "advantage" of a layer blend is the extra calcium and that is easily addressed in other ways - ie the oyster shell.
     

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