Soft shelled and hard shelled egg in 1 day?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PoppiesChicks, May 13, 2011.

  1. PoppiesChicks

    PoppiesChicks In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2011
    I have a hen that laid a soft shelled egg and a hard shelled egg today...I think. I have 4 hens together and only 2 are laying. A black copper and a blue cooper. I know it was the blue that laid because the eggs weren't very dark brown like I've had from these girls. I don't know if it's possible to lay 2 eggs in one day or not. I put out the oyster shell so hopefully I don't get anymore soft shelled eggs. If they start laying soft shells will they continue to do?

  2. Celtic Chick

    Celtic Chick Crowing 7 Years

    Apr 7, 2011
    SE Wis
    It is possible for a hen to lay twice in one day, especially when they are young. I had 6 hens, all of which had laid their eggs for the day. My hubby was out in the coop late in the afternoon one day with 2 girls on the roost, and one had a soft-shelled egg fall right out of her while sitting on the roost.
    Soft shells are pretty common for young girls just coming into lay. It is when they are older & doing it when you start to worry.
    There have been quite a few of us with older hens that have been having shell problems, and we discovered that we all feed Layena.
    Soft-shelled eggs
    The first pullet egg may be soft-shelled until her system gets into its stride. If it continues, make sure that the birds are getting a balanced diet such as that provided by a commercial free-range or organic layer’s ration. Such feeds will usually contain calcium and phosphorus in the right ratio (around 3.5-4% calcium to 0.3% phosphorus). Providing a little crushed oyster-shell or calcified seaweed will ensure that any deficiency is rectified, for the birds will not take more than they require.
    A shock can also make a hen lay a soft-shelled egg. My own observations are that if a flock is caught in a sudden shower of rain (for they are sometimes too dim to run for shelter), a few soft-shelled eggs are often produced the next day, but by the following day, they’re back to normal.
    It is when soft-shelled eggs or misshapen ones are produced regularly that there need be a cause for concern. Veterinary advice should be sought. Conditions that adversely affect eggs include Newcastle disease (a notifiable disease to the authorities) and Infectious bronchitis, but there would be disease symptoms showing in the birds themselves if either of these was present. Hybrids are normally vaccinated against them.
    Egg drop syndrome (EDS) is also a viral infection that results in a reduced number of eggs, as well as an increased number of pale-shelled eggs. Birds do recover from it but egg production may not get back to its previous level and there may still be a proportion of deformed ones produced. It can be vaccinated against.

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