- May 10, 2009
I know the topic comes up often, and usually folks respond that the chickens need more calcium, but what to you think of this situation? Early this morning I was awakened by my 2 year old talking in her sleep about the "du-dubs" (her word for chickens) which reminded me that my neighbor had told me last night about losing a few to a raccoon which in turn reminded me that I had left my pullet Rosie in the dog crate overnight instead of putting her in the coop as usual. So I got up to go check on her, scooped her up to put her in the coop with my other three hens and noticed that Marilla, my champion layer, was sitting on the floor instead of roosting and had two intact but shell-less eggs near her. The thing is, all three laid perfectly normal eggs yesterday and I mix oyster shell in with their scratch so shell strength has always been good. Is it possible for her to be shooting out eggs that aren't ready yet? One was normal sized, the other a bit smaller and both looked fine when I slit them open with a knife to check. Any ideas or should I just not worry about it? Thanks.