Shellless eggs!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greatchicken, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. greatchicken

    greatchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a girl that is laying shellless eggs. I am not sure exactly which one it is. She lays them while on the roost. My question is will she grow out of this or do I need to find out who she is and deal with her? There could be muiltiple chickens doing this because we found 2 eggs like this yesterday. I feed them flock grower at 18% protien and give them free choice oyster shell. I will be switching them over to layer feed the next time I buy feed. They only reason I have not yet is that I have a bunch of younger birds that were not old enough for it.

    Thanks
    Shaun
     
  2. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
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    That can just happen when they first start laying eggs, and when they finish laying eggs for their life. Depends on the age of the hens.

    It can be a calcium deficiency. Hopefully they are eating the oyster shell though, you could feed them some yogurt, cheese or pour some milk on their snacks to help too. You also need to make sure they are getting enough direct sunlight a day (20mins) to produce the vitamin D needed to process and absorb the calcium.
     
  3. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    This sounds like a condition that i read about a couple years ago. It doesn't sound too good. Sorry.

    I will try and find the thread for you.
    Meanwhile you can go up to the search box in the upper right hand corner of this page and type in your key words.
    I will be back with an edit on this post.

    I could not find what i was looking for, but I did find some good advice. If she is young it may just be her not having the system working up to par and not realizing it is an egg, not a poo.
    Put some fake eggs in nest boxes to get he thinking in the right direction, mix her oyster shell into the feed, and see if there is some disturbance causing her 'emotional distress."
    Let's assume it is just first timer jitters and don't worry.
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2011

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