Soft Egg Question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NHchickenflock, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. NHchickenflock

    NHchickenflock In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2014
    Gilmanton NH
    I'm sure this has been asked before but we are new to this.
    We picked up 4 one year old laying hens last night from a friend, they were laying good solid eggs.
    I went in the coop this AM and one of my leghorns laid a soft egg from the roost.
    Three questions:
    Any ideas why the egg would suddenly be soft?
    What can I do to get them to lay in the nesting box?
    Also, my boxes are 12"x12" square, is that adequate?

    Thanks in advance!!!
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2014
  2. mortie

    mortie Songster

    Feb 16, 2014
    The Frozen Tundra
    1. Stress. Be patient.
    2. The egg from the roost took her by surprise. I bet when they lay normally they will layin the nest. You can bait it with fake eggs if you like but I bet they would do it on their own too.
    3. Yes.

    Do be sure they are getting enough calcium by feeding layer feed and/or offering oyster shell on the side they can munch on when they need it.
    Keep us updated! :)
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2014
  3. ChickenKid11

    ChickenKid11 Chirping

    Aug 10, 2011

    Too bait the nests I always use old golf balls they seem to work just as well as fake eggs.
  4. mortie

    mortie Songster

    Feb 16, 2014
    The Frozen Tundra
    I meant fake eggs as in anything that resembles an egg without actually being a real egg. I also use golf balls.

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