Soft shelled eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RoodyRodchester, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. RoodyRodchester

    RoodyRodchester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my chickens continues to lay soft shelled eggs every 2 days. I purchased some oyster shell because I thought she needed the calcium but here we are a week and a half in and she is still laying them. Could there be another problem? Or should I give the oyster shell longer to work?
     
  2. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

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    Is she a new layer or established layer? New layers sometimes lay a few soft shelled eggs.

    Oyster shells should be available in a separate dish so they can take what they need when they want/need it. They should have that available everyday.
     
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  3. RoodyRodchester

    RoodyRodchester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's an established layer. I do have the shell in another bowl right by her feed. She also free ranges around the yard. She laid one about 2 months ago but went back to regular eggs. Now every egg she lays is soft.
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    How old is she?
     
  5. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

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    What does she eat/what kind of feed?
     
  6. RoodyRodchester

    RoodyRodchester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I inherited her from my mother in law so I'm not exactly sure on the age but I know she's at least 4 years.
     
  7. RoodyRodchester

    RoodyRodchester Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

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    It might be because she is 4. But here is a link to the BYC Learning Center on common egg problems

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/common-egg-quality-problems

    Particularly under Soft Shelled Eggs is written

    "15. Soft shell eggs
    These eggs are laid with an incomplete shell, sometimes just a thin layer of calcium. Causes are similar to shell less eggs:


    - Immature shell gland;

    - Nutritional deficiencies, usually lack of calcium, vitamins E, B12 and D as well as phosphorous and selenium;

    - Disease such as infectious bronchitis, avian influenza, egg drop syndrome; an internal or external parasite infestation;

    - Exposure to very high temperatures and/or very high or low humidity levels;

    - Egg laid prematurely due to stress or a disturbance during the calcification process;

    - Egg laying while molting."
     
  9. RoodyRodchester

    RoodyRodchester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     

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