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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by vas, Feb 20, 2012.
Hello. vas, and welcome to BYC. I don't see your attachment....If you were trying to post a picture you won't be able to until you have a certain number of posts (not sure how many but it may be 10). It is normal for egg shell quality to vary, especially if your hens have just begun to lay. All hens can sometimes lay unusual looking shells from time to time, and it doesn't necessarily mean there is something wrong. Make sure they have good quality poultry layer pellets and crushed oyster shell, and plenty of fresh water. Here is a link to information on internal and external egg quality. Please post a picture when you are able. http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/1/egg-quality-handbook/17/sandpaper-or-rough-shells
Thank you Rhode Island red fan! Your input is most appreciated.
I can not read what you said?
I had a 9 month old hen that laid a few like that. Then the shells got thin, and then she laid 4 or 5 with out any shell. Then it kind of went in reverse. It lasted about two weeks all together. She and her eggs are fine now.
You need to go get some oyster shells and grind them up into a small powder / chips and put it in the food and also suppliment the calcium with eggs shells by grinding or breaking them up and feeding the girls that too. They are needing calcium and add vitamin solution to the water with some organic apple cider vinegar. A bit of pure sugar. Start feeding with higher protein foods or treats. Mealworms or other well rounded foods like the ones on the chart below. Think proteins like flax seed, Black Oiled Sunflower Seeds (BOSS) Linseed and other high protein foods. You need to experiment and bc they do not like it the first time doesnt mean they wont like it in the future. I highlighted the most valued proteins on the chart. That does not mean there are not others
Food Treat Chart From the BYC
Raw and applesauce
Apple seeds contain cyanide, but not in sufficient quantities to kill.
Raw or cooked
Okay to feed, but not a favorite.
Without the peel
High in potassium, a good treat.
Well-cooked only, never dry
Also, green beans.
A treat, especially strawberries.
All kinds - good use for stale bread or rolls
Feed starches in moderation.
Broccoli & Cauliflower
Tuck into a suet cage and they will pick at it all day.
Cabbage & Brussels Sprouts
Whole head -
Hang a whole cabbage from their coop ceiling in winter so they have something to play with and greens to eat.
Raw and cooked
They like carrot foliage too.
Cat food * (see bottom of page)
Wet and dry
Feed in strict moderation, perhaps only during molting * (see bottom of page)
Avoid highly sugared cereal such as Cocopuffs, etc.
Including cottage cheese
Feed in moderation, fatty but a good source of protein and calcium
They may like it and it won’t kill them, but it just seems so wrong.
On cob and canned, raw and cooked
Can be bought at bait or pet-supply stores.
Great treat – provides protein and it’s fun to watch the chickens catch them.
Let mature for yummy seeds and flesh.
Hard cooked and scrambled are a good source of protein, and a favorite treat.
Feed cooked eggs only because you don’t want your chickens to start eating their own raw eggs.
Fish / Seafood
Make sure they haven't been treated with pesticides, such as florist flowers might be.
Marigolds, nasturtiums, pansies, etc.
Pears, peaches, cherries, apples
Bulgur, flax, Niger, wheat berries, etc.
For chicks, cutting them in half makes it easier for them to swallow.
Great fun - the cause of many entertaining "chicken keep-a-way" games.
Only feed your chickens that which is still considered edible by humans, don't feed anything spoiled, moldy, oily, salty or unidentifiable.
Lettuce / Kale
Any leafy greens, spinach collards, chickweed included.
A big treat, depending on how much other greenery they have access to.
(see photo after the chart)
Available at pet supply stores or on the internet, although shipping is expensive!
A huge (!) favorite treat, probably the most foolproof treat on the books.
Meat scraps of any kind.
Not too fatty.
In moderation, a good source of protein
Both seeds and flesh are good chicken treats.
Raw or cooked
Cooked is nutritionally better.
Pasta / Macaroni
Cooked spaghetti, etc.
A favorite treat, fun to watch them eat it, but not much nutrition.
Peas and pea tendrils and flowers
Seeds are a big treat.
Popped, no butter, no salt.
Potatoes / Sweet Potatoes/Yams
Cooked only - avoid green parts of peels!
Starchy, not much nutrition
Pumpkins / Winter Squash
Raw or cooked
Both seeds and flesh are a nutritious treat.
Pilaf mixes are okay too, plain white rice has little nutrition.
Scratch is cracked corn with grains (such as wheat, oats and rye) mixed in.
Scratch is a treat for cold weather, not a complete feed. Toss it on the ground and let them scratch for it for something to do.
Wheat and oat sprouts are great!
Good for greens in mid-winter.
Yellow squash and zucchini
Yellow squash not a huge favorite, but okay to feed.
Sunflower seeds with the shell still on is fine to feed, as well as with the shell off.
A good treat, helps hens lay eggs and grow healthy feathers.
Raw and cooked.
Not a huge favorite
Served cold, it can keep chickens cool and hydrated during hot summers.
Seeds and flesh are both okay to feed.
Plain or flavored
A big favorite and good for their digestive systems. Plain is better.
The most favorite chicken treat of all – mealworms