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soft shell eggs after introducing new chick

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ermine, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. Ermine

    Ermine New Egg

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    Hi, I got a small flock of 3 hens and I recently added 4th pullet. My girls don`t seem to be happy with a new member, chasing her around and won`t let her sleep in a coop. Poor thing spend nights on a coop roof thanks got for warm weather. However, my red sex link who had been laying one egg a day for a few weeks now producing soft shell eggs since then. It`s been 5 days now, I don`t even see an egg, I just find smashed paper-like membrane in a nest box. Other 2 hens are fine. But this one seems to be the meanest one to new girl. I did not change a feed. Could this be due to stress? Then why her reaction is so different from others? How long does it normally takes a flock to figure it out with new member, because I feel bad for her that she can`t sleep inside. I put here little dog carrier filled with shavings so she can hide, but she wouldn`t go inside
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    is there enough calcium? that coupled with stress
     
  3. Ermine

    Ermine New Egg

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    Yes, I feed them organic pellets with supplement of oyster shells and their own eggshells. I did not change anything, and other two hens laying as usual
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Stress will cause some to lay eggs without a shell, adding new members is definitely a stressor for some. The egg comes out too early before a shell can form on it. It's nothing to be concerned about especially if you know the reason for it.
     

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