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Shell less eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lauren212, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. lauren212

    lauren212 Out Of The Brooder

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    Two of my chickens started laying a few weeks ago. I got one egg then nothing for two weeks. Then I was getting an egg every few days - then one day I got two eggs. Now for the last 7 days I get shell less eggs. Every day. Sometimes she lays them during the night while they roost. I feed them organic layer feed and they free range in the afternoons until dark. I just put out oyster shells yesterday for them when ever they want. Is there anything else I can do and will this just correct itself?
     
  2. jskrn

    jskrn New Egg

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    I have seen 3 eggs in my coop without shells also. These are my first eggs I have 6 could be egg layers not sure which are doing it either and also while they sleep
     
  3. lauren212

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    Hopefully they get some shells soon. It would be nice to have some eggs with shells.
     
  4. 8flocksMocked

    8flocksMocked Just Hatched

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    If you have any extra egg shells laying around I'd recommend crushing it and feeding it to them . Hens honestly don't tend to eat oyster shells or egg shells unless they want too, you kind of have to make them want to eat it . I find mixing it with sesame seeds or some dried herbs makes them go crazy for it .
     
  5. lauren212

    lauren212 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the tip I will try that
     
  6. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would mix the oyster shells with there feed and maybe add more oyster shells you can buy a full bag at tractor supply
     
  7. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also they start laying for a while then they calm down for a while
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Shell less eggs are completely normal for new layers, even if they have adequate calcium. It just means that they need a bit more time to mature and for all parts of the egg production system to start working together consistently.
    Again, it is completely normal and in no way indicates a problem. The only thing needed is time and a bit of patience.

    They eat oyster shell when they need it. And a little bit will last a good, long while. It's best to allow them to self regulate. Too much calcium is really, really bad for their kidneys.
     
  9. lauren212

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    just checked the best box and another soft shelled egg.
     
  10. 8flocksMocked

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    :( i guess you can try mixing wet feed with a calcium source. Hens love wet food for some reason.
     
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