question about eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Miss Lydia, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I have a Brahma hen that will be 1 yr. in October, she has been laying for a while with no problems, but the last couple times she laid the eggs have been perfect but the feel like water balloons, she gets purina layena and also oyster shell plus meal worms and yogurt etc. What I mean by water balloons is they have a shell but it's very soft with the inside intact. does anyone know what could be causing this problem?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Many chickens will lay a soft shelled egg now and then. It will usually straighten itself out. Sounds like what you feed is fine. A couple of weeks ago, I had a hen lay a soft shelled egg every day for about a week, then suddenly they stopped, and now she is fine.
  3. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    Yes, it happens to mine every now and then also. It's normal.
  4. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    Make sure that the oyster shell you are giving them is not mostly powder. They don't like it and it gets to be all powder in no time!
  5. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Quote:Agreed. Also I notice mine tend to lay some goofy eggs here and there just before they go into a molt. I wouldn't worry too much about it just yet though, the occasional patch of wierd eggs doesn't always have any reason--or at least no reason I've been able to figure out. As ddawn said, it sounds like you're feeding a good diet so hopefully she'll get back on track soon.
  6. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    I give mine oyster shells, but they really love egg shells. So I save the eggs shells crush them up and put them in a bowl for them. They chow on it!
  7. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2010
    West Michigan
    Several days ago one of my hens laid a peewee sized shell-less egg, just the membrane surrounding a very tiny yolk and white. Normally they lay large to jumbo sized eggs!
    I think I have 3 or 4 girls who are perhaps a week or so younger than the rest, and their laying mechanisms are still working out the kinks. I get a couple ginormous double-yolkers, then perhaps they skip a day and resume laying. It'll all straighten out.

    I have oyster shell calcium in small piles beside their hanging feeder so they can peck at the shells whenever they want. I also air dry and crumble up any eggshells. Check the feed you're using, too; most laying mash or crumbles will already have some portion of calcium carbonate included. I alternate between Kent feed (from the feed mill) and Purina Layena (from TSC). Both have calcium added.

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