Soft Eggs

TheklaF

Chirping
Apr 16, 2018
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Northern Virginia
My chickens have been laying for about 3 months now without any problems. I just cleaned the coop and found 2 soft-shelled eggs. I have 5 chickens: 3 Golden Comet and 2 Black Australorp. I know the soft ones are coming from my Australorp (I had 3 perfect ones from my Golden Comets this morning). Could this be normal and they are starting to molt - even though they started laying only 3 months ago?

We free range in addition to their regular laying feed. I always throw oyster shells on the ground in the coop and around the coop.

Any suggestions? Not sure I'm doing everything right but I can't think of anything else to do....

TIA
 

allymcshop

Songster
Jul 6, 2016
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My chickens have been laying for about 3 months now without any problems. I just cleaned the coop and found 2 soft-shelled eggs. I have 5 chickens: 3 Golden Comet and 2 Black Australorp. I know the soft ones are coming from my Australorp (I had 3 perfect ones from my Golden Comets this morning). Could this be normal and they are starting to molt - even though they started laying only 3 months ago?

We free range in addition to their regular laying feed. I always throw oyster shells on the ground in the coop and around the coop.

Any suggestions? Not sure I'm doing everything right but I can't think of anything else to do....

TIA
I give mine plain yogurt three times a week. That did the trick! They don't all eat the oyster shells but they love yogurt.
 

aart

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My chickens have been laying for about 3 months now without any problems. I just cleaned the coop and found 2 soft-shelled eggs. I have 5 chickens: 3 Golden Comet and 2 Black Australorp. I know the soft ones are coming from my Australorp (I had 3 perfect ones from my Golden Comets this morning). Could this be normal and they are starting to molt - even though they started laying only 3 months ago?

We free range in addition to their regular laying feed. I always throw oyster shells on the ground in the coop and around the coop.

Any suggestions? Not sure I'm doing everything right but I can't think of anything else to do....

TIA
They shouldn't be molting at that age....but they may slow laying due to the shortening day.
Do they have the feed available 24/7?
Are you feeding any other 'treats'?
 

TheklaF

Chirping
Apr 16, 2018
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48
86
Northern Virginia
They have feed available 24/7. I'm giving them a handful of scratch during the day and some leftovers every now and then. It's only one of my hens who has this problem - all the other eggs are fine. :hmm
 

Deannak63

Chirping
Sep 5, 2018
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Northern Minnesota
I just had the same issue. I’m thinking it’s one of my Rhode Island Reds (because she sits in the coop window and it was right below that spot—what a mess on the wall). I found it this morning when I opened the coop. Though I didn’t have any out as the shells have been VERY strong, I put some out in a dish for them.
 

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