Soft shells

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by OKbirdwatcher, May 2, 2009.

  1. OKbirdwatcher

    OKbirdwatcher Out Of The Brooder

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    Will first pullet eggs sometimes have a soft shell?

    I found two this morning on the droppings pit under the roost.

    I think we had 2 pullets that had not started laying.
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Yes, you can see soft shells and other egg anomalies when hens first start laying. Are you offering oyster shell? They really need it to replace the calcium they are putting into the production of their eggs.
     
  3. OKbirdwatcher

    OKbirdwatcher Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you gritsar!!!

    We have had the girls for 11 days. All the eggs before these had good shells (as far as I could tell.) I don't know if they were getting oyster shell on the farm we bought them from.

    We bought some just a little while ago.

    They are enjoying it now.[​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Wanted to add..the feed I buy for the girls already has some calcium in it. However, when I don't offer the oyster shell besides I really notice a difference in the thickness of the eggshells.
     

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