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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Wndncr18, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. Wndncr18

    Wndncr18 Just Hatched

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    Our family is fairly new to raising chickens. A friend has helped answer some questions along the way, but one of our chickens has even her puzzled and suggested this site. Look forward to looking through this site and learning a lot. We've got 1 Rhode Island Red and 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes (that we raised from day old chicks) for now, but hope to get at least 1 more in the near future.
     
  2. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    What is her chicken doing that has her friend puzzled?
     
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  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    Good luck with your chickens! If you have any questions, just ask. We'll be happy to help.
     
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  5. 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.

    Nice to meet you! Feel free to ask any questions you may have[​IMG]
     
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  6. Wndncr18

    Wndncr18 Just Hatched

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    Our Rhode Island Red was our first layer and played almost daily, but then she started laying rubber eggs. Our friend suggested she wasn't getting enough calcium to mix oyster shells in with her food. Now we aren't even getting rubber eggs from her. She doesn't know why this is happening, so suggested I check out this website and ask for suggestions. She is only about a year old.
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    So are you saying that she stopped laying the rubber eggs without the oyster shells? If so, then she might have just had a little glitch in her laying system[​IMG] But definitely make sure she has calcium. Hens need calcium to produce strong and healthy eggshells aside from what they need for their bodies to function properly. Calcium also plays a big role in the contractions of the oviduct and uterus to produce an egg. Without enough calcium hens can become egg bound very easily. Additionally, lack of this nutrient can draw calcium out of her bones resulting in weak bones and sometimes bone breakage.
     
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  8. Wndncr18

    Wndncr18 Just Hatched

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    She has stopped laying completely. [​IMG]
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Then she may just be taking a break. Give her some time but make sure she has water, food, calcium, light and a clean environment to live in.
     
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  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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