soft egg shell

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KevinRose, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. KevinRose

    KevinRose Hatching

    Nov 5, 2013
    I am new to this but I have a question. What causes a chicken to lay a soft shell egg? The egg seemed to be good inside, can you eat it? Or should I just ignore it?
    Thanksfor your help in advance.

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Lots of things.
    In pullets just starting to lay, there are many anomalies that work themselves out when their reproductive tract gets in sync.
    Eggs with no shell can be caused by egg drop syndrome and influenza.
    Soft shells can also be bronchitis, laryngotracheitis as well as the two I previously mentioned.
    Nutrition can cause soft shells
    A vitamin D deficiency will prevent calcium absorption.
    Calcium and phosphorus have to be in the correct ratio to one another.
    Insufficient calcium will cause it once the hen has depleted that available in the medullary bone.
    Excessive calcium will cause renal disease and soft shells.
    Balanced nutrition is the key.

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