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soft shells , but only a few

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by amyward, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. amyward

    amyward In the Brooder

    Mar 24, 2017
    I have a mixed flock with several older (3-4 yrs old) and the rest in their second season. 14 total . I am getting approx. 9 eggs a day but a third of them are so soft they rarely make it out of the box.
    I am feeding egg producer 21 % protein and have oyster shell in the food tray and on the ground. They do not get to forage and I give about 3/4 cup of black oil sunflower seeds a day. a lot of them have naked necks due to what almost seems like "boredom" pecking. they just let themselves be plucked by the others. They have a very large pen, and no exterior parasites. Any thoughts would be appreciated !
  2. featheredplanets

    featheredplanets Songster

    Nov 28, 2017
    Yorkshire, England
    Feather plucking? That’s your issue then, imo. If they’re bored, give them some enrichment! Veg on some rope, plants and compost to forage through, a dust bath, release native feeder insects into the run. How big is your coop and run?

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