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Soft shell eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Fluffychicky, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. Fluffychicky

    Fluffychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a new hampshire red who has been laying almost a month now but recently she's been laying a rubber egg (sometimes even two in one night!) every 2-3 days it seems. I got a normal egg from her yesterday with a good thick shell but this morning I got the rubber egg plus a second shell-less egg with a smooshed soft shell thing beside it. I give her greens, oyster shell, and egg shells she eats layer feed and black oil sunflower seeds like they're going out of style. She looks healthy her feathers are shiny, she's a good weight and very active. But despite all this I'm starting to worry I've never had anything like this happen. I've seen the occasional rubber egg but not 2 one rubber and one all busted from the same hen in one day. And yet like I said maybe 2-3 times a week I get a normal egg from her. What should I do she's healthy as far as I know, is this just her body trying to figure out laying? When should it stop? Is she sick? Should she be culled or can she live like this?
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Sometimes the egg laying mechanism on young birds will become out of whack. It is very possible that she will go back to laying normally again. I would not suggest feeding a whole lot of black oil sunflower, which is very high in fat and can decrease their intake of layer feed which is more balanced.
     
  3. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her body is adapting to the egg shell part.Most new layers do this.It rarely means health issues etc.
     
  4. Fluffychicky

    Fluffychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's good to hear, I've been doing the whole web MD panic but for chickens lol I'll wait then and see if it evens out before I worry myself more over it.
     

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