Oh my! a shelless egg!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bethsplace, May 17, 2010.

  1. bethsplace

    bethsplace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Saturday I found a broke egg out on what we call the porch of the chicken coop shell was hard. but much to my surprise I found a shell less egg this morning how weird it is. I kept it to show the kids. it is just the membrane holding it together and I am surprised the one who laid it didnt peck and break it she is very curious and will peck at but not break the eggs sometimes.
     
  2. chickM4st3r(AL)

    chickM4st3r(AL) Out Of The Brooder

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    my hen do it some times they need minerals like crushed oyster shell
     
  3. ICallMyselfCherie'

    ICallMyselfCherie' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hahaha, yeah, I had that happen to me for the first time a few weeks ago!! Boy, was I amazed. I had heard of that happening before, but I thought it was so rare I might not see it for a really long time. Nope, got a new hen -- an older, rescued one -- and she layed one normal egg, and the next one she layed was shell-less!!! [​IMG]

    She has layed about three more since then, but all of them have been broken because she steps on them all. [​IMG] I keep meaning to throw some calcium out for her, but I keep forgetting because I'm so busy with the baby chicks!!

    Well, this is a good reminder. I'll put some oyster shells out for her tomorrow . . . and give her a bath. She has lice. Yech!
     
  4. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens who are stressed, calcium and/or vitamin D deficient and hens with ovarian problems all lay these shell-less eggs. Seems to me that otherwise healthy ones can do so from time to time as well.

    Just make sure she has enough calcium and vit. D and check she is otherwise well. She may well go back to normal eggs straight away,

    sandie
     
  5. bethsplace

    bethsplace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for all your imput I will get some oyster shell they have always laid such hard eggs I figured they didnt need it but lately they seem like they do.
     
  6. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So, what do you give them for the vitamin D????

    Thanks,


    Dave
     
  7. eekgads

    eekgads Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can get Vit D supplements as liquid (put in water) or pills (crush em & put in feed).
     
  8. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also use vitamin fortified margarine on bread which chickens love. Useful when you don't have vit D supplements,
    Sandie
     
  9. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So, what do you give them for the vitamin D????

    Thanks,


    Dave

    Oyster Shell helps, Vit. D crushed powder or just the drops that you add to water.
     
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