One of my chickens keep laying eggs with what looks like grit on outside of shell (see attached pict

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by vas, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. vas

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  2. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  3. vas

    vas New Egg

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    Thank you Rhode Island red fan! Your input is most appreciated.
    VAS
     
  4. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I can not read what you said?
     
  5. Baggagolers

    Baggagolers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  6. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
    Treat

    Type

    General Opinions
    Apples

    Raw and applesauce

    Apple seeds contain cyanide, but not in sufficient quantities to kill.

    Asparagus

    Raw or cooked

    Okay to feed, but not a favorite.
    Bananas

    Without the peel

    High in potassium, a good treat.
    Beans

    Well-cooked only, never dry

    Also, green beans.
    Beets

    Greens also.

    .
    Berries

    All kinds

    A treat, especially strawberries.
    Breads

    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.
    Carrots

    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)
    Cereal

    Cheerios, etc.

    Avoid highly sugared cereal such as Cocopuffs, etc.
    Cheese

    Including cottage cheese

    Feed in moderation, fatty but a good source of protein and calcium

    Cooked Chicken

    .

    They may like it and it won’t kill them, but it just seems so wrong.
    Corn

    On cob and canned, raw and cooked

    .
    Crickets (alive)

    Can be bought at bait or pet-supply stores.

    Great treat – provides protein and it’s fun to watch the chickens catch them.

    Cucumbers




    Let mature for yummy seeds and flesh.
    Eggs

    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.

    Eggplant

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    Fish / Seafood

    Cooked only.


    Flowers

    Make sure they haven't been treated with pesticides, such as florist flowers might be.

    Marigolds, nasturtiums, pansies, etc.
    Fruit

    Pears, peaches, cherries, apples


    Grains

    Bulgur, flax, Niger, wheat berries, etc.

    .
    Grapes

    Seedless only.
    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.
    Grits

    Cooked


    "Leftovers"

    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.
    Mealworms
    (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

    Melon

    Cantaloupe, etc.

    Both seeds and flesh are good chicken treats.
    Oatmeal

    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

    Peas and pea tendrils and flowers

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    Peppers (bell)

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    Pomegranates

    Raw

    Seeds are a big treat.
    Popcorn

    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.
    Raisins

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    Rice

    Cooked only

    Pilaf mixes are okay too, plain white rice has little nutrition.
    Scratch

    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.

    Sprouts

    Wheat and oat sprouts are great!

    Good for greens in mid-winter.
    Summer Squash

    Yellow squash and zucchini

    Yellow squash not a huge favorite, but okay to feed.
    Sunflower Seeds

    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.

    Tomatoes

    Raw and cooked.


    Turnips

    Cooked.

    Not a huge favorite
    Watermelon

    Served cold, it can keep chickens cool and hydrated during hot summers.

    Seeds and flesh are both okay to feed.
    Yogurt

    Plain or flavored

    A big favorite and good for their digestive systems. Plain is better.
    The most favorite chicken treat of all – mealworms
     

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