soft shell eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by owensfive, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. marianne7

    marianne7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, we have had chickens now for 5 years, and we still get the odd bout of soft shell, we also had a bad mite infestation, thankfully we have dealt with it, and I think this may have stressed the chickens our too - Marianne
     
  2. jhansen64

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    I have 5 Red Sexlinks that have been laying for 9 months one consistently lays soft shell or rippled fragile shelled eggs. At least I think it is the same one since I find it in the same laying box and I usually get one a day. I have tried oyster shell mixed with feed and left available separately. Nothing seems to help. I'm worried this maybe a symptom of a health problem.
     
  3. jhansen64

    jhansen64 New Egg

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    Filled my empty nest with hen.
     
  4. Leha

    Leha Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sorta in the same boat. My RIR is continously laying soft eggs. The few times they we're hard, they had weird bumps and grit to the shell. My husband was concerned that the girls were eating the sand we had laid down for them.

    While I gather it's some what normal, I still wonder if there's anything else we can do to help them.

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  5. marianne7

    marianne7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just put a bowl of milk down every day until they lay proper eggs....then put a bowl down a couple of times a week.....trust me...it works...i have been doing this for my girls when they started laying soft shell eggs....I have a friend who is a breeder and she told me this tip....worked like a dream.....[​IMG] Marianne
     
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  6. fifistamps

    fifistamps Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the milk tip! I have been giving oyster shell with no results. I am getting nervous because the soft shelled eggs are getting broken and eaten. So far they aren't breaking and eating the good eggs but I'm afraid it is only a matter or time. We have been treating for mites and it seems to be under control. Fingers crossed!
     
  7. marianne7

    marianne7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you are welcome, keep giving them the milk, it does work ....I am sure you know what to use for mites (Diatomaceous Earth) ? all the best Marianne [​IMG]
     
  8. FredsDadTiny

    FredsDadTiny Out Of The Brooder

    Got my first 2 eggs today, ones a normal egg laid in the coop the other is a soft shell laid in the yard. There's a load of yolk on the dirt where it was but when I've opened it up the yolk is intact....... Does this mean there was a third egg they've eaten it (no sign of a shell)

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    Edited nest morning :)

    2 more normal eggs and one with no shell at all, 4th bird in nesting box at the moment.

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    Last edited: Apr 18, 2014
  9. marianne7

    marianne7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, that is possible...until your girls start laying normal eggs...I would suggest getting some fake rubber, or wooden eggs, and leave them in the nest... this will stop your girls eating any eggs...[​IMG] regards Marianne,
     
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  10. FredsDadTiny

    FredsDadTiny Out Of The Brooder

    I have fake rubber eggs in the nesting box.

    Blue, the poor girl who is laying soft shelled eggs is having a hard time of it. She is trying to stay away from the others and as soon as she lays her soft egg the other three go for it.

    She is very lethargic as well
     

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