Shell-less eggs-membrane only?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kerry, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. Kerry

    Kerry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Three of my four 8-month-old Barred Rocks are laying and appear to be very happy, friendly, and healthy. Great appetites for 2-way cracked corn, laying pellets, ground oyster shells, and, cherry tomatoes, Kale, and cucumber treats. My cat donates an occassional rat or mouse which they love. They have a new ptach of 8 X 10' lush grass each week when I move the chicken tractor.

    Only one concern:

    One of the hens sometimes lays eggs that have no shell just a rather thick membrane, somewhat like I would imagine a silicone breast implant pouch might feel like (not installed). It's tough enough that it can be carried, set down etc.

    I can't be certain which hen is laying. I just find 1-2 eggs per day and one membrane about once a week. One time I found what looked like someone had cracked open an egg to fry it sunny side up. No shell particles or membrane.

    Any ideas what might be going on? It's winter here (70's with a little rain most every day).


    Thanks, Kerry
     
  2. Ms. Lewis Rich

    Ms. Lewis Rich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had the same problem, bear with me and I will go get the information I have managed to collect.
     
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  3. Ms. Lewis Rich

    Ms. Lewis Rich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my Bantan Cochin hens started doing this last week I do have some of good eggs in bator now.
    Usually rubber eggs are caused by inbalance in the Phosphorous Vitamin D ratio.Can also be caused bu respiratory or Genetics.
    My show birds are kept inside with artifical light , spo we are going with the Vit, D. answer.
    Vit A D E Powder

    replamine Liquid with Iron
    Vita Pro B Concentrate
    All can be added to water

    WWW.featherfanciers.com
    Really nice place to order from Mr. Brown is very helpful I meet him at the Nationals he has an online catalog,

    Hope this helps
     
  4. Kerry

    Kerry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so very much Lewis, I'll see if our local stores carry

    Vit A, D, & E Powder
    Replamine Liquid with Iron
    Vita Pro B Concentrate.

    Will let you know in a week or so what happens.

    Kerry
     
  5. Ms. Lewis Rich

    Ms. Lewis Rich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lack of enough sunlight can cause a Vit, D def. I have been giving her yogart and milk on bread till vit arrive seems to help.
     
  6. Kerry

    Kerry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, good idea.

    The 8' x 10' chicken tractor is only 50% shaded with corrugated roofing, hopefully they are getting enough sunshine.

    I gave them ricotta cheese one time and they loved it.

    Kerry
     
  7. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Soft shelled eggs are pretty common with pullets just starting to lay. It sometimes takes them a little while for their egg production to start functioning properly. It is nothing to be overly concerned about unless it continues. Make sure that they have oyster shell available with their feed. Calcium is a necessity for egg production.
     
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  8. Kerry

    Kerry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Opa,

    I keep a small heap of ground oyster shells in the corn dispenser and another heap in the layer feed dispenser. I've been doing that since they were 4 months old.

    I'm glad to know it's a common phenomenon.

    Kerry
     
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  9. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    Some of mine laid soft-shelled eggs when they first started laying. Once they got in their stride, they stopped laying the soft-shelled ones. I never did anything special about it, just waited.
     
  10. Kerry

    Kerry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the assurance Southernbelle, that mine don't need therapy. [​IMG]

    Kerry
     

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