My New Hampshire pullet keeps laying eggs without or very thin shells.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by beausonge, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. beausonge

    beausonge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2011
    Kelso, WA
    Hi All,

    My five pullets (all different breeds) started laying about a month ago. Four of them have had regular shells on them and are starting to get larger (especially my White Jersey Giant). The New Hampshire Red has never laid an egg with a real shell. Now she will go a number of days without laying then I will find two of them on top of the hutch where she roosts.

    They are free fed Purina Layena, they have free choice calcium available to them, and and water(at all times) with vitamins in it. They free range anywhere from 4 - 12 hours a day (whenever we are home to watch them). They have a 6 x 8 house with an attached 8 x 10 yard they stay in when we are not home. I only have one rooster so there are only six of them altogether.

    "Red" literally runs out of the house when I release them and down to the horse manure or corral area. She spends most of her day sifting and eating bugs out of the manure piles. Could her eating mainly bugs cause her to have a calcium deficiency?

    Thanks to all who answer.

    Kelso, WA
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    She has never laid a hard shelled egg in a month of laying?

    I have one girl that lays a very thin shelled egg, but it has a shell on it.
  3. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2010
    So strange - sounds like you are doing everything right. Could you try keeping her up for a few days to encourage her to eat the feed and see if that makes a difference? Might just be something weird about that particular hen though. Good luck in sorting this out.
  4. beausonge

    beausonge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2011
    Kelso, WA
    Quote:Sad to say not one.
  5. beausonge

    beausonge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2011
    Kelso, WA
    Quote:I could do that but then all the others would suffer. They so love to be out and picking through the corrals and yard. The reason I got chickens in the first place was to help with bug control from the manure. She is A+ at that so she is doing what I wanted her to do. I get lovely eggs from the other four so it is no big deal if she never lays a proper egg.

    Thanks for the idea though.
  6. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    What kind of calcium are you giving ? Maybe she is having a hard time metabolizing it. Seems like I remember it is linked to phosphorus somehow and needs to be the right proportion . I give mine crushed oyster shell.
  7. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  8. mrdruids

    mrdruids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2011
    maybe you should try keeping her cooped up for a while with the feed and see if a steady diet improves the egg shells

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