Soft Egg Question

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

  1. NHchickenflock

    NHchickenflock In the Brooder

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    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

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    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! :)
     
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  3. ChickenKid11

    ChickenKid11 Chirping

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    X2.
    Too bait the nests I always use old golf balls they seem to work just as well as fake eggs.
     
  4. mortie

    mortie Songster

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    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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