Shell quality deterioration -- can it be turned around?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CovenantCreek, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    One of my 2 yr old RSLs has started laying eggs with paper thin shells. When I first see them in the nest box (from the wrong side of the poultry wire) they look great, but by the time I get in to collect them they've been broken and I can see there was virtually no substance to the shell. This has been fairly consistent over the past 2-3 weeks -- she isn't laying every day anymore, but every time she does lay the egg gets broken.

    I'm feeding 15% layer mash free choice, plus a variety of supplements to choose from including oyster shell, fish meal, and kelp meal. Like everyone else, she free ranges from before dawn till whenever she decides to go to bed. Is there another supplement I can add that might help bring her shells back up to par or is she just showing signs of having laid all the eggs her body wants to produce?

  2. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Far SW VA
    Oyster shells do the trick for me I have 2 chickens that are doing aobut the same thing but cant feed shells right now I dont like to feed thelm while im in hatching season.

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