papooh

Hatching
10 Years
Apr 14, 2009
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having 3 chickens they eat the same food but 1 started to lay soft eggs ??? I do not know how to tell them apart. How can I find out?
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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SW Arkansas
Are you offering them oyster shell? Some hens need more calcium than others to produce nice hard shells.
 

caralouise1974

Songster
10 Years
Feb 23, 2009
590
5
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Evesham, Worcestershire, UK
Quote:It may not be important to find out which hen is responsible, just try some changes in diet and environment for all of them and see if it solves the problems:

1. Ensure adequate calcium in the diet: oyster shell free choice at all times. Try including some dairy (cottage cheese, plain natural yoghurt, milk) and finely crushed egg shells. Also try and cut back on treats for a week to ensure that they are eating enough of the commercially prepared layer's food, which should have pretty much all the calcium they need. If less treats equals better egg shells, you have your answer...

2. Minimise stress: excessive noise around the henhouse, or rough handling, or even a sudden loud thunderstorm, can cause them to lay softies. Try and keep the girls calm as much as possible.

3. As a final resort, if diet and environment don't help, you may find there is a disease process making the shells soft... common culprits are infectious bronchitis and infectious laryngotracheitis. Or you may have a hen with a vit D deficiency or a defective shell gland.

Go for the obvious stuff in points 1 and 2 first though. It's far more likely to be dietary or environmental.

Let us know how it goes...
 

Mahonri

Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
May 14, 2008
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North Phoenix
My Coop
If you have to know which one it is, go in at night with Q tips and 3 different food coloring colors and paint their vents.

As soon as they lay, you'll know... and you'll probably see some colorful poopies on the coop floor too.
 

007Dawn

Out Of Coop
10 Years
Apr 29, 2009
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Add some crushed oyster shells to their food and that will harden them up.
 

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