Soft shelled egg...hubby is freaking out!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by The Chicken People, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    My DH just came in with our first soft shelled egg! Hes freaking out..Whats this mean? I told him they need oyster shell sprinkled on their feed because they aren't eating it by itself! He was so funny I almost laughed![​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2009

  2. Abby's mom

    Abby's mom In the Brooder

    Oct 22, 2009
    In the cabbage patch
    big man skeered of a shell less
  3. RevaVirginia

    RevaVirginia Songster

    Apr 26, 2009
    Reva, VA
    If they're as good as soft shelled crabs...send em my way!

    Cutting out the middleman, progress isn't always pretty.
  4. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Abby's mom :

    big man skeered of a shell less


  5. Lupine hens

    Lupine hens In the Brooder

    Oct 1, 2009
    We got our first soft shelled egg yesterday. I collected it late last night and kinda freaked out at first until I looked up some info on this site. I felt so much better and knew what action I had to take to try and fix the problem.This site is a wealth of information for newbies for sure!
  6. wombat

    wombat Songster

    Jun 23, 2009
    Try offering oyster shell in a separate feeder.

    If you've only had one soft shelled egg, you'd probably be wasting a lot of shell sprinkling it on their food. You might want to add some with the food for the first couple of weeks as an introduction, but the separate feeder for the long term.
  7. patman75

    patman75 Songster 9 Years

    Could be just new chicks laying thier first eggs.


    Not getting enough calcium. I had this problem and gave my chickens fine ground up oyster shells, crumbles, yogurt and grit mix. A week later she was laying eggs again.

  8. Another cause is moulting- they're stressed by feather production and defer to getting a new coat...I should think it will pass.
  9. MkBorgen

    MkBorgen In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2009
    We had that probably too when they first started laying it may be just because they are the first eggs if they just started. I haven't had any luck offering them oyster shell by itself so we just mix it in to their feed daily. We also think that for awhile they were getting to many treats from the garden so we had to tell everyone to lay off of those and we would be the only ones to give them treats.

  10. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    My Hen have been laying for some time now! I have offered Oyster shell in seperate container always! I started sprinkling their food and everythings fine now! She laid normal egg the next day! My only problem now is the big girls are pecking feathers on lil bits head! I thought she was molting, checked for mites or lice, and then started watching behaviors...they keep pecking her blood..any suggestions on stopping this behavior?

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