Soft egg shells

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Uralba, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. Uralba

    Uralba New Egg

    Aug 25, 2015
    I have some chickens that are laying really soft shelled eggs.
    I have tried giving them she'll grit but they will not eat it so I was wondering does anyone have any ideas of how to get them to eat shell grit. Because I was trying to think of ways to mix shell grit into the food. I have mixed shell grit with wheat and pellets and molasses but they picked the grain and left the shell grit behind.
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Are you referring to crushed oyster shell?
    I know many people refer to it as grit but it isn't grit.
    Grit should be insoluble stones that aid in grinding food in the gizzard.
    Oyster shell is soluble. It breaks down quickly after being mixed with digestive acids in the proventriculus.
    I don't advise to mix oyster shell - or anything else with feed.
    They need to opt to eat the OS if they feel the need for the calcium.

    Are you feeding a layer feed? Are you feeding many treats?

    Drastically changing the ratio of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin D3 can have deleterious effects.

    Just the imbalance itself, rather than insufficient calcium can cause shell quality issues.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2015
  3. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Even giving them calcium rich human food isn't good if they are filling up in that and not eating their chicken feed. I have heard of people giving their chickens calcium tablets crushed or capsules opened for the powder in emergency situations but I've never done that myself.

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