New to forum, new to chickens and boy am I going to need help!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Melanie9565, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. Melanie9565

    Melanie9565 Just Hatched

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    Hi! I'm new to the whole raising chickens community and I started with 4 various 1 week old chicks which are now 5 months old! Everything was going to fine and I thought "yeah. I got this!" until..... This I have an Orpington, a Bard Rock, an Amercauna and a Cochin. The buff has been laying for 2 weeks consistently and hard shells. The Bard Rock dropped 2 eggs in one day a couple of times so I added oyster shell to their food. 2 days ago and today there were 2 virtually shell-less eggs laid but I'm not sure who (not the the Orpington) laid them. Is there anything else I can do? Is this a young layer thing going on?????
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Are you feeding a layer feed? Sometimes pullets take a while to stabilize the egg laying process.
     
  3. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Hi and welcome to BYC! Sounds like a nice flock! Young layers will occasionally lay weird eggs, that should mostly stop as they get older. As for the two eggs in one day, an egg takes 25 hours to form, so every so often they will skip a day or lay two eggs in one day. You can also post in Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying and folks there should be able to help out. Thanks for joining us! [​IMG]
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Melanie, and :welcome. Great to have you aboard! You've come to the right place for help - BYC is awesome. :celebrate
     
  5. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    Greetings from South Dakota and [​IMG]!! So glad you joined the flock. [​IMG]
     
  6. Melanie9565

    Melanie9565 Just Hatched

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    Laymash....is that the same thing?
     
  7. Melanie9565

    Melanie9565 Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much. I will check out the other site. There's so much to learn! But I love my girls!
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You can also put out a container for crushed oyster shell - if a hen needs more calcium she will take it as needed.
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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