Soft shelled eggs???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickendummy, May 25, 2010.

  1. Chickendummy

    Chickendummy Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2010

    In case you've never seen one ... I certainly had not ... here is my side-by-side of a normal egg and a soft shelled egg. Sorry all I could retrieve was the shell. This was actually the second one, my girls are just coming into laying and I understand that this is not uncommon. It really freaked me out though. I would describe the soft shell as having a vynil like texture to it. Weird. I've since started giving a small portion of oyster shell in addition to the 16% crumble.

    Which raises a question: Does oyster shell act as grit? Or must I provide something else?

  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    I've received several rubber eggs & my birds are over a year old.

    The shells will act as grit - but if all they eat is crumble they dont' need grit. Its when they free range & eat tons of grass & bugs that the grit is needed.
  3. RonB

    RonB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2009
    Your right it is NOT uncommon. especially when they are first laying. I have a white leghorn that is really screwed up. she has laid two soft shell (or rubber) at one time. I saw her standing over them in the yard. so I went to look and they were both still warm. She has laid a rubber egg one day then the next day layed one with a double yoke .I wouldn't let her or any of your other chickens start eating them. don't want them to get a taste for them

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