shell-less eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JML72, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. JML72

    JML72 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all - I'm running into an issue with my layers - every few days the eggs I find in a box are covered in dried yolk and shavings/nesting material. At first I thought I had an egg eater. But there is no sign of shell pieces in the box. I also think that if I had one or more eating eggs, they wouldn't necessarily smear it all over other eggs. Also, wouldn't a chicken then eat the yolk-covered eggs as well?

    Do I have on that's just laying shell-less? And if so, would oyster shell supplement help with that?

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Certainly it's time to put some oyster shell in the coop. Offer it separately so they can eat what they want. You micht also put a Tums in their water a couple of times, as a boost. This is not something you want to do every day.

    There is more than one cause of shell-less aggs but definitely worth a try.
     
  3. JML72

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    Thanks FW - I'll try that out. It's not all the time that it happens, but twice now in 7 days (just started). I figures it wouldn't hurt. Just came here to ask about ideas before I jumped in on my own [​IMG]

    If anyone else has insights as well I'll be happy to listen!
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've noticed it more with new layers, and birds that have just started laying again after a molt. With mine it's just worked itself out. I agree, it makes a huge, nasty mess in the nest box!
     

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