Need Help Please!....still Soft !

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mljohnson05, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    I have never had issues with pullets having soft eggs...
    However this year my silkie (who is about 6 months old) Just started laying eggs.
    all 4-5 eggs (that is all she has layed) have been soft/thin rubbery shell, and because of that she has eaten the yolk.
    She has layer feed, and free choice calcium, and crushed egg shells and oyster shells ( which she refuses to eat!!!!)
    There are no infestation and all had been wormed over 1 month ago....
    What else can I do to make her eggs hard shell and to stop the eating due to soft shell?????
    I go out every hour to check on them and for eggs, and it always happens that she lays inbetween that time.
    I am at wits end on what to do [​IMG]



    God Bless,
    Laura
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2011
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    can anyone help plz?
    thank You in advance [​IMG]
     
  3. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Wish I could help. It's my guess that this is just how she "is". She may have a genetic factor that is causing this. Is there some sort of calcium supplement that you can put in her water???
     
  4. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one hen who I have to feed crushed egg shells to for the calcium. I tried oyster shell but she would not touch it. As long as I have egg shells crushed and available to her, her egg shells are nice and hard. If I forget for a bit...they start thinning and then are completely soft or non-existent.
    sharon
     
  5. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    Quote:I also have a dish of crushed egg shells out for her....

    I am hoping it is because she is 6 months and just starting to lay.....cause otherwise I am at a loss [​IMG]
     
  6. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe so. I read a thread that suggested a supplement to help them absorb the calcium but I cannot remember what it was as I didn't need it. You could do a search to see.
    sharon
     
  7. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    You can also crush a TUMS and mix it in her water. Vitamin D helps to absorb calcium you could try that.
     
  8. FrenchToast

    FrenchToast "Draft Apple Ridge" a Bit from Heaven

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    Grind up the egg shells in a blender or one of those magic bullet type mixers. Cook up some scrambled eggs with the powdered shells mixed in.
    You should be able to buy liquid calcium or just grind up a calcium tablet but I would try the pulverized egg shells first. They are free.
    I think there is one disease that can cause soft or shell less eggs but I don't recall what it is right now. I wouldn't worry about that just yet.

    Where did you get her from? Hatchery or breeder?
     
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    ACV in water helps in calcium absorption, 1-2 tablespoons per gallon of water.
     
  10. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THanks Dawg. I couldn't remember.
     

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