Soft shell egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Prairie Orca, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. Prairie Orca

    Prairie Orca In the Brooder

    I think it was the 'quiet hen' that laid today's egg. So I found it, picked it up, saw a dent, and felt around there. Soft!!!! [​IMG]

    They have laying feed, get free range, are as happy as can be (from what I can tell). All of the chickens had a dust bath yesterday.

    Today it's raining, and I opened the door and all the chickens jumped out, ignoring the fact that the scary human was right there.

    Was it just one of those off days, or should I consider adding calcium/shells/stuff?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I would definitely offer some oyster shell as a calcium supplement. Most layer feeds have only a small amount of calcium added (3-4%) and just like humans, some individual hens have a greater need for supplements.
    Having said that, soft shell or shell-less eggs happen at times, even with hens offered supplements. Not a concern unless they happen regularly.

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