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New Member, Have a Sick Hen

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JacobMaxwell, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. JacobMaxwell

    JacobMaxwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to BYC and I have a question about one of my chickens. I have six red sex-links that are all about fourteen or fifteen months old. Lately, I've only been getting five eggs (which isn't the norm), and one of the hens keeps ruffling her feathers and avoiding the other birds. Today she was standing alone in the run when she suddenly dropped a shell less egg. They always have oyster shell available so it couldn't be calcium deficiency. Thanks in advance for any help/ideas.
     
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. Shell-less eggs are normal in new layers. Their bodies are adjusting to laying, and getting things worked out. Give them some time and it should work itself out. :thumbup
     
  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!!
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    Glad you joined us!!
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Shell less or soft shell eggs are usually caused by stress, some diseases, lack of calcium in the diet, problems absorbing calcium and new layers are more prone to lay them, as does old hens. I think your hen might be sick... Judging from her behaviour. Post in the Emergencies and diseases section:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    and give as much detail as possible. Her behaviour, the egg, what does her poop look like, how long has she been doing this etc. I may be wrong, but ask anyway. Good luck!
     
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  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, JacobMaxwell, and welcome to BYC!
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Good advice from Sumi.
     
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from California, I agree with sumi's advice.
     
  9. Dnetschke

    Dnetschke Chillin' With My Peeps

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