Small and Soft eggs .......

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SteveMadonnaJ, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. SteveMadonnaJ

    SteveMadonnaJ Out Of The Brooder

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    Yesterday one of my Rhode Island Reds laid an egg about as big and round as a quarter (a fart egg as some would call it), and today I had a normal sized soft shell egg. I have been feeding my chickens Purina Layena Pellets w/oyster shells since they were 18 weeks old (they are almost 7 months now). I have had fart eggs and shell less eggs in the past, but I chalked it up to them being pullets. And, I have had days and weeks where all 7 of my hens gave me great eggs. What can I add to their diet to help to prevent any more of these small and soft eggs?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Generally both types of eggs can be caused by stress, with soft eggs, the egg comes out before the shell can be applied due to some, usually frightening event, and fairy eggs are from the hens body treating a bit of tissue as an egg and processing it through. Usually too much rowdy behavior, jumping, flying, stuff like that will cause stuff to break off in the oviduct lining. Neither type of egg has anything to do with calcium intake. So keeping things calm can help prevent seeing these types of glitches in the system.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How old are they and how long have they been laying?
    Are you mixing the oyster shell into the layer feed....or in a separate container always available?
    Any other foods/treats given?

    Describing the size of your flock and coop/run might help too.
     
  4. SteveMadonnaJ

    SteveMadonnaJ Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry it took so long in replying ............ All my RIR's (7 hens and 1 roo) are 7 months old and they have been laying since mid September. Since I started keeping count, some days I would have 7 eggs, and some days 4. I am feeding them Purina Layena Pellets w/Oyster Shells. When my wife and I have extra lettuce and such that we don't use, we let the chickens have them. We keep a list of what they can and can not have. Last weekend I moved them into a new larger 86 sq. ft coop with a 10x20 run.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Moving them to a new coop would cause stress and some sort eggs. It should straighten out as they become more comfortable.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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