1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

Shell-Less Eggs, new onset

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by madavis25, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. madavis25

    madavis25 In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2009
    I have a Red Rock that is just over 1yr old and has been laying for 8-9mos. When she first started laying, the eggs were normal. A couple of months ago, her shells got rough and thin with the occasional shell less egg. For the last month or so, she has not layed a normal egg.

    My other 4 hens are laying normal eggs. They get frequent egg shells, free access to oyster shells, they are pastured with free, daily access to sunshine. I have top dressed their feed with oyster shell.

    She is vigorous and otherwise acting normal. My water is not high in saline.

    I have searched the forums and read the link that many posted about shell less eggs. The only thing that seems to fit is the defective shell gland, but she did lay normal and thin shelled eggs for a while.

    I read one post about direct gullet feeding with a calcium supplement. Could it be that she isn't eating the calcium sources that I feed them? Does anyone have any other ideas?

  2. FLchook

    FLchook Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    I don't have any idea... posting here to bump it up and hope someone else has an idea..... Good luck!
  3. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

    Apr 1, 2008
    That's weird. Are you sure it's her eggs? Have you seen her eating the supplements?
  4. madavis25

    madavis25 In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2009
    Quote:I know it's her eggs because I have seen her passing the broken membrane, and I've had to pull it out a couple of times. I did a check for being egg bound because I saw a small prolapse.

    I have not seen her eating the supplements, but the feed is top dressed with oyster shell and the egg shells are mixed in with other kitchen scraps
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    It's possible that she's sustained an injury to the abdomen, causing this issue.
  6. madavis25

    madavis25 In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2009
    Quote:That might be it! Right before I started getting the rough, thin shelled eggs, my floch of 6 was attacked by a neighbor's dog. One died of it's injuries, another recovered. This one didn't seem to be injured, so initially I thought it was the injured one until I saw her passing the shell-less egg.

    Does it get better? The attack was more than 6 mos ago.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by