Soft shells

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by duckman14, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. duckman14

    duckman14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was on vacation for a week and had someone keeping an eye on my girls for me. When I got home today I found my first two eggs!!! They eather came from my barred rock or my BO. But the shells were very soft. So I switched them to a layer feed. How long will it take for the shells to start to firm up?
     
  2. Just a day or two in most cases. They need the calcium. Oyster shell and or layer feed will help. It won't take long. Don't worry.

    Wish ya the best.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The feed probably won't make a difference, they'd firm up anyway. New layers, even those on layer feed and/or oyster shell, etc, often just forget to put the shell on the eggs. It's within the realm of normal, along with double yolks, no yolks, shells with ridges/lumps/bumps, very sporadic laying, etc.
     
  4. duckman14

    duckman14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all so much.
     
  5. cascaderox

    cascaderox Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeh u can purchase oyster shell grit in poultry stores wich contains all the good calcium they need for there eggs
     
  6. duckman14

    duckman14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I seen that. But it's only sold in 50 lb bags around here and it looks like the layer feed has everything they need so I took that route instead. Thanks for the help though.
     
  7. duckman14

    duckman14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Turns out its my BO. Shes in her box now so ill see soon how this one turnes out
     
  8. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feed them back their egg shells. It's a good treat and they're free.
     
  9. duckman14

    duckman14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good plan! Ill do it.
    Now my barred rock climbed into the same box with the BO and there both layin in the same box at the same time. Is this a problome?
     
  10. duckman14

    duckman14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first edible egg!!
     

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