Question about eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PattiS72, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. PattiS72

    PattiS72 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my hens have been laying pretty good. My white hens (thinking they are White Plymouth Rocks or Cornish) had laid a few soft shelled eggs and my smaller hens have laid a few as well. I have been giving them egg shells, along with some kitchen scraps and their regular egg layer feed. I was going to ask how often I should give them the egg shells. Because it's been a few weeks without a soft shelled egg. Until this morning. So far the smaller hens laid 3 eggs this morning--a hard shelled, soft shelled and I guess a soft shelled one that they stepped on or something (I almost missed it because I thought it was just a big poop). Here are some pics.






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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Can you post pics of the hens, perhaps with something for size comparison? I'm thinking perhaps they are cornish cross and low on nutrients because of this cross's rapid growth rate.
     
  3. Honey B

    Honey B Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always have egg shells mixed with oyster shells available for my girls at all times. Their extra calcium is in a separate bowl from their food so they can get what they need.
     
  4. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Provide crushed oyster shell to them 24/7 in a separate container. They'll use it whenever they need it. Crushed egg shells are fine too, but it's easier to keep the oyster shell available for them 24/7.
     
  5. PattiS72

    PattiS72 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Judy, I'm not sure which chickens are laying them in the big coop--this morning all chickens were out of the boxes when I went to feed. How much does the crushed oyster shell cost? I have some oyster shells around from when my hubby had them. Not sure how I should crush them. Right now we are going through eggs a lot, so I am always saving their shells--I just throw them in the coop. This is a pic of my smaller hens (the ones the two soft shelled eggs came from this morning). [​IMG]
     
  6. farmgirl200

    farmgirl200 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my chickens this winter laid an egg, it was frozen, and we stepped on it, just to see how it would be, and it looked just like the second egg in your picture. Maybe if you have many chickens or big chickens they could've stepped on it, same with the third one, but the first egg looks fine. Hope this helps!:)
     
  7. PattiS72

    PattiS72 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:There are 8 chickens in this coop. All about the same size. I figured the squashed one was stepped on, just wondering if why they would be laying soft shelled eggs since I've been giving them the egg shells.
     
  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Occasionally a chicken will indeed have some sort of defect so thsat she lays mostly or all soft shelled eggs. But it's certainly true that they occaionally happen to many if not all of us' I certainly seeone now and then. Let's hope this is just an occasional problem that occurred in a bit of a clump for you!

    Here are some links for more info on egg defects, if you want to really get into it:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/common-egg-quality-problems

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/ps/ps02900.pdf
     
  10. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do not count on eggshells as a source of calcium.

    If you do a bit of research, you will find that eggshells just don't stay in the digestive tract long enough for much absorption.

    Seems it's always recommended to have free choice oyster shells for a calcium supplement with laying birds.
     

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