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Soft eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chickyx4, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. Chickyx4

    Chickyx4 New Egg

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    I have 4 chickens 2 are white leghorns and 2 black australorps. The are all about 5 months old. The leghorns are laying good eggs everyday. The black australorps have only laid a few eggs and they are soft. Do the chickens need to mature more or is there a problem with the food ?
     
  2. HanwellChickens

    HanwellChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they on layer feed and are you giving them oyster shells free choice? Oyster shells usually help mine when their eggs are soft, and if she is just starting to lay it could be that her system hasn't worked out all the kinks yet.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Soft shelled eggs are often due to a lack of calcium, but they can also be due to "kinks" in a new hen's laying system. If you aren't already, start feeding them layer feed and offering free-choice oystershell. That should take care of any calcium problems. If given time, your pullets' egg laying systems should start functioning normally.

    Feel free to ask any other questions you have! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    BantamLover X2 Young layers have to get their egg laying machines in gear yet. They can lay all kinds of funky eggs at first. And definitely get them on layer and oystershell. Go easy on the treats too so they eat as much calcium enriched feed as possible now. They will eventually work the kinks out.

    Enjoy your flock and all those first eggs!
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X3, soft eggs are pretty common with new layers as they get their systems straightened out.
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    You've received some good advice already.
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X4 that new layers lay off-chart eggs frequently. Make sure they have calcium.
     
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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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