Soft shells?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greginshasta, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of our hens consistently lays eggs so thin that they break - possibly when another hen gets in the box to lay. If the egg does survive, it frequently has an end that is soft to the touch, and more easily cracked open than the rest of our eggs.

    We have a seperate feeder with oyster shell, we regularly grind up all of our used eggs (from the kitchen) and add them to the regular feeder, so those are 2 sources of calcium.

    Is there anything else we need to do?

    I remember some folks adding vinegar to their water. What's that for?
     
  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    sounds like a calcium absorption problem since there getting shells
     
  3. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, is there a solution to that?
     
  4. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2007
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    How old are they? Have they always done this? Are you feeding layer feed?

    From what I have read, the calcium in their egg shells is not the same as getting calcium from feed or oyster shell, I have read that it is very hard for them to break down in their systems so you are not getting much calcium by adding egg shells.

    If it is calcium absorption, I would recommend a daily vitamin/mineral suppliment like avia charge 2000.
     
  5. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The hens are about 15 months old and whoever's egg this is, the issue has lasted a few months.
     

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