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rubbery eggshell?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by artsyrobin, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    my pullets have just started laying, and one of them laid a rubbery soft eggshell- is that normal?
     
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  2. annek

    annek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, they will lay some soft shell eggs initially. Are you giving them free choice oyster shell and laying feed? If not, start now that they are laying.
     
  3. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree.... I have new layers and I got a soft shell yesterday. I am feeding them layer feed and they have free choice Oyster Shells around the clock. I think it is part of getting started and it just happens sometimes.
     
  4. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    i was hoping that was the case, sure was weird looking! [​IMG]
     
  5. catfish/okie

    catfish/okie Chillin' With My Peeps

    I got a plastic tub about 2 inches deep by about a ft across. I put a brick in it and some grit and oyster shells.
     
  6. higgdm

    higgdm Out Of The Brooder

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    My Rhode Island Red who has been laying for about two weeks now just layed a rubber soft shell egg and then started picking at it. This happened while I was petting her at 7:00 at night! Very strange. Her other eggs have been in the nest box and have been fine. I sometimes find some "gunk" in the coop and I am wondering if my other chicks are laying soft shell eggs as well. I give they layer pellet and some veggies as well as they forage a couple hours a day in my garden. Should I worry?
     
  7. badmsm

    badmsm Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, am I relieved! Just found a rubber egg in the nest box, first one from our flock. Think it might be from the runt, she just started laying, the others started about 8 weeks ago. We have had the oyster shell out for them, have to refill it every other day!
     
  8. old mcdanold

    old mcdanold Out Of The Brooder

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    all right yall just got 4 new hens from an auction yesterday and the only egg I got this morning was rubbery shell the fella I bought them from said there around a year old and they laid an egg in he holding pen can the strss of moving them cause this
     

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