Shell-less eggs, no other symptoms.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CSWolffe, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. CSWolffe

    CSWolffe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two year old Australorp has recently just begun laying again after a winter hiatus. She laid a good half dozen eggs, regularly, every other day. Then for some reason she has started laying soft shelled or no-shelled eggs. All of em. bout the last six to eight of them.
    She has no other symptoms. She's alert, she's eating well, bright eyes, is at the top of the pecking order, has access to plenty of water, oyster shell, 20% lay pellets, and a Flock Block.
    My three other hens are all laying well, with no shell problems.
    Any ideas what this could be?
    And how can I remedy it?
    Thank you all in advance.
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Try finely crushed eggshells mixed in her feed and hopefully her shells will harden.
     
  3. CSWolffe

    CSWolffe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She has plenty of calcium, both in the feed and as oyster shell.
    A few days after I posted above, she stopped laying entirely. Not sure if she's spent or what. She's about two years old, with about 18 months of decent laying. Everything I've read suggests I should still have gotten another year or so of average laying out of her.
    I guess there's nothing left to do but wait and see...
     
  4. Joe C

    Joe C New Egg

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    Same problem with my RI Red who is 2 years old. Has free run of the yard during the day. Consistent layer of 1 a day perfect eggs and suddenly paper thin shells. Me being new and seeing that she liked the corn best had loaded her diet
    with corn treats about 2 weeks previously. Oyster shells and crumble all available but she went most for the corn.

    Now for 2 weeks have been working at getting back strong shells. Have withdrawn treats and
    along with the crumble have given her grated cheese, deep green vegis, and crushed eggshells.
    Can I add calcium or nutrients to the water? Is cheese ok to give her?
     
  5. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/738201/goose-what-is-this-how-did-it-happen-what-do-i-do-about-it

    You can read through this and see what I did for my goose and I have used the same dosing with the Calcium and D pill for a few of my chickens as well. 5 doses seems to get them back on track, but like you, I have no clue why this is happening all of a sudden. I've had problems with my goose and 6 chickens to date. Oyster shell, 2 different brands of layer pellets, and the hens are eating the eggs as fast as they lay them. I don't get it either.
     
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi, this happened to me too, I was instructed to worm my chickens. After I wormed them, it stopped! It was awesome.
     
  7. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Worth a try I guess although mine were done in Oct. and the follow up dose in Nov.. House cleaned and sanitized and it's been too darned cold for anything to be 'growing' here. These birds haven't touched bare ground for months now because of the snow, ice and freezing temps..
     
  8. Joe C

    Joe C New Egg

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    Hi Golden Feather!
    How did you give the calcium and vitamin D supplement and
    how much? I'll try anything.
     
  9. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I took the pill and crushed it in about a 1/2-3/4 of a cup of water. Just enough that I knew they would drink it in a short amount of time.
     
  10. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    There are many serous chicken diseases that results in adult hens suddenly beginning to lay soft (actually no shelled) eggs or deform shelled eggs. There are too many diseases to list here but if you do enough reading you may gain a clue.
     
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