rough/bumpy eggs, any advice about causes/cures?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mudhen, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Hello everyone, haven't been around much with working extra hours this summer.

    Some of you rememember Cleo, my now 6+ month old ameraucana. Well, her first eggs had a funny rough surface as if extra calcified deposits were stuck here and there.
    She stopped laying for a short while, and has restarted recently with same symptoms.
    Good sized eggs, one or two double yolkers from her early on.
    She seems just fine otherwise, but I am concerned she may be lacking or maybe too much of something in her diet causing these extra deposits on her eggs?
    There are only four others laying now, and their eggs are just fine.

    Any ideas?
    Did a several searches but can't find anything similar. Maybe I'm not using the right words.
    I will post a picture as soon as I downlowd the camera software into this laptop (desktop died in lightning strike three weeks ago [​IMG])
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2007
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Mudhen.....first let me say....BUMMER on the desktop being fried! We forgot to unplug ours as well...and the modem was fried....woke up at 7 am, Sherriff banging on the door....said they got a 911 call from our house. Well, we was in wasnt us. We figured it was the computer, calling for help! LOL ( and they say computers only work with the help of humans, HA!)
    Anyways., far as the bumpy eggs....might be a calcium absorption problem. Might try some ACV in the water. Wont hurt the others to have it as well. I get the bumpy eggs once in a while.....they just seem to work themselves out sooner or later. I dont sell those ones....we get all the "uglies" ie: bumpy, mishapen, soft shells. DH said just last week, " I want a NORMAL egg!" LOL
  3. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 10, 2007
    yeah, some of my first time layers had bumpy shells also. But, it worked itself out without me doing anything. I think their systems are just working out the egg laying thing. [​IMG]
  4. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2007
  5. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    God bless you guys.
    Thank you so much, I now have a name and where to go for more info! [​IMG]

    Going to add some ACV to the water today, JIC.
    Here's a copy of the information, if anyone does a search in the future for the same issue:

    Sandpaper or rough shells
    The terms ‘sandpaper shells’ and ‘rough shells’ refer to eggs with rough-textured areas, often unevenly distributed over the shell.

    The incidence is normally less than 1% of total production, but may be higher for some strains of bird. It is also higher in early lay, often as a result of double ovulation, which produces one shell-less egg and another one with extra shell deposits.

    Cause Control
    Diseases, e.g. infectious bronchitis, infectious laryngotracheitis or avian encephalomyelitis Follow effective vaccination programmes.
    Defective shell gland Disturbances at the time a hen is due to lay can cause the egg to be held over for another day Minimise activities which create disturbances in and around the shed. Increase shed security to stop other birds and animals entering the shed.
    Incorrect or changes in lighting programme There should not be sudden increases in day length as pullets come into lay, or lighting changes during lay.
    Water shortages Make sure that the water supply is adequate, that there are no blockages in water lines and that drinkers are functioning property
  6. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Quote:I just cracked up at the image of your computer calling for help! On ours the mother board got fried, but I was able to salvage the files, which is a great relief. Still waiting to replace the CPU, with only one usb plug on the laptop it is a hassle juggling the pda, printer, camera, etc, plus not having all the original programs I had on the desktop has slowed everything down too....oh well.
    Thank you again for the information!
  7. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
  8. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    OMG I just bookmarked that site. It looks chock full of info. Can't believe I never ran into it searching for chicken stuff. Thanx for posting it.

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