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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tailsnfeathers, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. tailsnfeathers

    tailsnfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hen layed a perfect egg only forgot to put the shell on it! Feels like a water ballon.[​IMG]
     
  2. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Weird, Do they get any oyster shells to eat?
     
  3. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well must mean the hen is ot using the calcium I presume you provideed?
    so you need to take
    2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to a gallon of water
    so the hens will use the oyster shell you are providing for them
    then her body will use the calcium and Vit D
     
  4. tailsnfeathers

    tailsnfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. Ill get them some tomorrow.
     
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    tailsnfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They get layer feed. Do you give oyster shell free choice?
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, if you give oyster shell, give it free choice. I don't, and my hens lay eggs with nice hard shells, but there is a lot of calcium in the soil here (from limestone) and they free range.

    An occasional soft shell or otherwise odd egg is usually just a normal variation, esp. with young hens.

    Here is a link that talks about egg problems:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=148409
     

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