Rough egg texture

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SliceOHeaven, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. SliceOHeaven

    SliceOHeaven Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi.. I have 3 out of 14 hens just starting to lay.. small to medium size, light brown. One, a Barred Rock is laying very
    light colored eggs..which have a rough exterior compared to another BR and a Black Os. who are also laying, but very smooth
    eggs.. Will this roughness change? They are being fed Flock Raiser, scratch and Layena (which they don't like)... snacks include
    squash, alfalfa hay , and corn tortillas (love 'em!)


    Thanks for any input!

    Shelley[​IMG]
     
  2. Catfish267

    Catfish267 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After a while they will get to normal shape and size. beginner layers tend to lay wierd eggs at first. Every now and then you will still get rough eggs but they still taste the same.
     
  3. SliceOHeaven

    SliceOHeaven Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! Today that same hen laid one that was smooth on one side and rough on the other! LOL She also lays standing up! I got to see the whole process...She had scraped away all the straw and I thought the egg would crack on the plywood box.. but it didn't .. WHAT FUN that was to watch!
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    The roughness is just excess calcium. Nothing to worry about. And yes, hens stand up when they lay the egg. Glad you got to see it!
     
  5. SliceOHeaven

    SliceOHeaven Out Of The Brooder

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    I do have oyster shell available to them.. will the egg eventually get smoother?
    Really? Chickens "stand to lay"? LOL Learn sm'thin new...
     

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