soft eggs & having trouble seeing??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jmason, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. jmason

    jmason Out Of The Brooder

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    Help. I'm new to this chicken thing but I'm having
    a blast with it. I've got two adults and 4 younger kids. One of the adult hens molted shortly after I got them and stopped laying. Recently she's laid a few eggs (nothing very consistant). But her eggs are very soft (almost leathery). I also noticed while trying to feed her a piece of bread that she doesn't seem like she see's very well. She peaked at the piece of bread but never actually got the bread. She is able to move around the house/coop/etc without any problems. They are eating layer's mash and do get oyster shells. The other adult chicken has been doing fine. Does anyone have any ideas??
    Thanks
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Sounds to me like she might be needing a vitamin supplement. How old is this hen? Maybe giver her a drop of polyvisol a day, for a few days. ( baby vitamins) This should perk her back up after a molt.
     
  3. tink

    tink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey

    Last week one of my girls layed eggs with no shell. I started to give them a hand full of cheap dry catfood. I had read that it is a great cheap way to give your chickens calcuim. It works great....everyone is back to normal.
    tink:)
     
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2007
  4. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    A good poultry supplement like aviacharge 2000 (you can purchase from mcmurry or strombergs) or check at your feed store for one of the "Rooster Booster" vitamins supplement products (it is not a complete one though like aviacharge) is a much better supplement than cat food (which can cause serious problems in the long term due to the wrong ratios of vitamins in relation to each other and dosage as it is formulated for a cat and not a bird)... yogurt (the live culture one and not the desert/flavored kind) is a great source of calcium.
     
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