Soft Shell Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Betsie, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. Betsie

    Betsie New Egg

    Oct 9, 2013
    Hi all hope you all have a great day today. Just a question for you all. Why do your chickens sometime lay eggs that have a soft shell.

    Keep Smiling Betsie:)
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Soft / weak shelled eggs can either have not spent enough time in the shell gland to get a proper shell, or the hen can have a problem causing her to not be able to put a proper shell on them. Shell less eggs are usually eggs that just moved through the shell gland too fast to get a shell put on them, or the hen can not put a shell on them. Both can be caused by defective or immature shell glands, especially in young pullets. In both cases stress / being upset by something can make a hen lay an egg before it is ready. Soft or weak shelled eggs can be caused by lack or calcium or a problem with the hen being able to utilize calcium because of illness/disease, vitamin/mineral imbalances, etc.
  3. Betsie

    Betsie New Egg

    Oct 9, 2013
    Thanks Kelsie. Will look into it. Appreciate the advice.:):)
  4. clairegareth

    clairegareth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2013
    stourport england
    Also not enough calcium,,,,maybe some more grit
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    This answers just about everything. Also, hens coming back from a molt can lay a soft egg, as they recover and start laying again.
  6. lacasse farms

    lacasse farms New Egg

    Oct 22, 2013
    I had two hens that were laying soft shell eggs a while back and did some research finding that it is mostly caused by lack of calcium. What we do now is save all of our egg shells and bake them at 350 for 5-10 min to make them brittle. Then we crush them into tiny pieces with a potato masher and add them to the chicken feed. They eat the egg shells by accident and it raises the calcium levels. We have not had a soft shell since we started doing this. Hope it helps.

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