Progressive egg issues with Rhode Island Red

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WashParkHens, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. WashParkHens

    WashParkHens Hatching

    Apr 25, 2016
    We have a RIR whose recent egg-laying has progressed from large and misshapen eggs with not smooth shells to consistent laying of soft, rubbery shells. This progression has been happening over the last few months. She has been laying nothing but these rubbery-shelled, goopy messes now for a few weeks with no sign of it turning around. Before this, she had been laying consistently great eggs.

    I've read about both the Calcium and Vitamind D deficiencies… BUT: She is getting a high-quality feed, regular access to oyster shell and some supplementing of diary to help with any calcium deficiencies. She gets outdoor time with sun exposure and has plenty of room in the run.

    No signs of stress. She is eating and drinking normally and never appears lethargic. No drainage from any part of her body, no apparent respiratory issues, no other lesions, healthy-looking comb. Though she is not the alpha female, she doesn't get picked-on by any others. She doesn't appear to strain when laying but does try to regularly lay and will stay in the coop awhile trying. Yesterday she actually laid what looked like two rubbery-shelled eggs back-to-back. No blood or noticeably runny stool. Her vent looks healthy and normal. She did just complete molting a few weeks ago, but so did all the others and their egg-laying is fairly normal now.

    No egg issues with our other three hens. All appear to be healthy.
    I'm at a loss here and the bird vet wants $110 just to see her. Any ideas on what we could be dealing with? Many thanks in advance!!
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Welcome to BYC!

    Can you post some photos of the eggs that she is laying, sometimes it helps to see what you see.
  3. KayTee

    KayTee Songster

    Sep 21, 2012
    South West France
    In older hens, even if they have a balancecd diet, egg laying problems can be quite common.
    It would be good to know how old she is (even approximately) and if you have ever actually seen her eating the oyster shell that she has available.
    Also, is the feed you give an all-purpose one, or specifically for laying hens?

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