Older hen laying eggs with soft spots - worry?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mommahen64, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. mommahen64

    mommahen64 Out Of The Brooder

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    I adopted two RIRs from our local shelter and they are full grown. I don't believe that either of them is new to laying - got them at Christmas time and they were already big. One of them is laying eggs with soft spots and thin shells. Should I worry? Is there a danger it will break while she is in the process of laying it and hurt her? They get oyster shell, chicken feed, scratch grain, yogurt and cheese and oatmeal for treats, grapes, and they also free range for a bit each day when I get home from work. Thanks for any help or thoughts.....
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    The primary part of their diet while laying should be a balanced layer ration. If they get too many treats, and particularly too much scratch and veggies, it may affect their egg production.

    It is possible that since she is older her laying mechanism may not be in as good a shape too. With good food and time she may do better. Good luck.
     

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