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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kalbert12, Nov 25, 2013.
Please help! Idk why it happened need some advice.... This is the first shell less egg
How long has she been laying? Sometimes it just happens, but more details would be helpful. What are you feeding? Are you providing oyster shell or some other calcium source?
She's only been laying for about a month now with no problem and they are on pellets and layers mash and we have no problem. We have two others laying and on the same food. No we just give them treats threw the day and a delish breakfast in the morning
What are good sources of calcium
Good sources would be as said by txnative, oyster shell. But if you don't want to spend any money, we simply keep our egg shells. When they are about a week old we put them on a cookie sheet and bake them in the oven at 350 F. Then, we mash and smash and then we have a calcium source. This is free,mostly, and a very good working way to give calcium. BUT, you must never forget to bake the shells. When they are baked it takes away the egg shell taste. If your hens taste the egg shell they may take up egg eating. Which is when they eat their egg after laying it. Our hen started doing that and she wouldn't stop. Basically, the only way to stop it is to blow out the yoke and fill the egg with vinegar. When the hen tastes it she will automatically stop eating. But be careful if your other hens get a hold of her egg they may start egg eating too. Good Luck!!
Old wives tale.
I just rinse and let them dry, they're easier to crush by hand if they are dry.
Chances are your layer mash has all the calcium needed, but offering crushed egg shell and/or calcium on the side so they can eat it if they need doesn't hurt.......shelless eggs just sometimes happen, unless it happens every day there nothing to worry about.