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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by serama mamma, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. serama mamma

    serama mamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey I just got a account here. I've been looking into here for probably a year now. I have two Seramas. Rooster and a hen named Tywin and Uma. We are planning on getting laying hens soon. I have been wondering how to get your eggs to quit being soft and how to get your chickens to stop eating them.
     
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]. Add some oystershell to the feed. That will harden up the shells and then they won't be as easy for them to break. You should be able to buy the oystershell at your local feed store. I usually add it to the feed and also provide some in a container alone.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided join to our flock. X2 on the oyster shell. You can add it to the feed if you like, but if you do add it to the feed, you only need to add a little (most of your feed still needs to be feed). :eek:) If you just keep it in a separate dish, the chickens will eat it when they need it. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in hardening up those egg shells.
     
  4. serama mamma

    serama mamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for helping me. So how many times would I give this to them?
     
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  5. serama mamma

    serama mamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have been putting Tums into their water. Do you think that will work?
     
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  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! There is a nice article in the Learning Center on dealing with and stopping egg eating https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/six-tips-on-breaking-your-egg-eater Usually you want to leave a bowl of oyster shell out all the time, even if you are feeding a complete layer food. Even if your eggshells are a normal thickness, egg eaters will still break and eat them, the hens can't really make them so hard that determined birds can't break them.
     
  7. serama mamma

    serama mamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well is there even a way to break them from eating their eggs because we are hoping for eggs from them. Oh, and also do you have to be invited to join a thread?
     
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  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"
     
  9. serama mamma

    serama mamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so happy to be a part of your "flock!"
     
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  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I LOVE your avatar!

    Welcome to the BYC flock!
     

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