soft shelled egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BellLisamo, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    I know i know, use the search. But cant ya just give me your expert opinions instead??? =O)

    my newest hen laid a soft egg today. (she did travel 3 hours to get here). could it have been stress? they are eating layer feed and no one else laid soft shelled eggs.


  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    she may not have been getting enough calcium in her diet. make sure she has access to oyster shell.

    it could be from illness or stress also. keep your eye peeled.

    how long has she been with you?
  3. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    i'd give her and the rest of your flock some oyster shells whenever they want it.
  4. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    Be patient. It could be a lot of things, stress, age lack of something. chances are it is just a one-time thing.
  5. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    I have one hen that started laying in Nov,. and she has lain soft shelled eggs off and on since,. She has oyster shells mixed in her layer pellets and there is no undue stress. I think sometimes it is just the way the hen is. Some are good layers and some have trouble with it. Their hormones or something is not quite right. She has been tested for all kinds of things and is neg.
    She eats well and acts happy enough too. I just ignore it and go on.
    Sometimes they will have trouble when they first start and then settle off. Since This one is a brahma mix she was a little slow to lay and I know that she is not fully her size yet. Maybe this will change.
    I hope that yours too gets it together. jean
  6. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    thanks, i just had a perfect hard shelled one yesterday night.... so not sure what the heck happened.

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