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Soft Egg Shell

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gomara1, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. Gomara1

    Gomara1 In the Brooder

    May 13, 2015
    One of my girls (I don't know which one) has laid an egg that has a very soft shell. It has not burst, but is malleable and feels kinda sandpapery. Its honestly pretty gross, but I don't know what to do with it. The chickens are about 9 months old and are all Australorps. We have had a cold winter so maybe that has had something to do with it? My first guess is a calcium deficiency. Every morning we give them 1 scoop of Purina chicken feed and whatever left overs we had from the night before. If there is anything else I should do or be feeding them please let me know.

  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Crowing

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    I've had those before - funky aren't they? [​IMG] Anyway, are you feeding them oyster shell? You should offer oyster shell in a separate dish so they can take what they need, year round. Occasionally a hen will have a temporary glitch in the egg laying machinery, so you may not get any more. However, it can lead to infection if one breaks inside her.
    You said you were feeding one scoop of feed for 9 hens + left overs? They need more chicken ration. Each hen eats about 1/4lb feed/day, more in the winter. If you feed free choice they can eat what they need.
    The egg? you can eat it...[​IMG]
  3. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    If this is an isolated incident, don't worry about it as long as you're feeding enough calcium. If your hens aren't getting layer feed or oyster shell on the side, that very well could be the problem. Also, if you're feeding dry feed, it's best to feed it free choice so the hens get all the calories they need. It requires a lot of energy to build a proper egg. If you're under-feeding your hens, they will come up short nutritionally.

    If this hen continues to lay soft shelled eggs in spite of being offered plenty to eat and adequate calcium, she may have a problem assimilating calcium, although this is not as common in such a young layer. I've had very good luck getting older hens who lay nothing but "rubber" eggs to start producing hard shelled eggs by administering calcium citrate at a half a tablet per day or as much as half a tablet twice a day until the eggs appear normal again.
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