soft spot on shell

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lizO, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. lizO

    lizO Chirping

    May 13, 2008
    one of my (7) hens has been laying eggs with a soft spot on the rounded end. They all have oyster shell available, it's not a very large egg size, and it's just a tiny spot, size of an infant's finger nail. It appears a bit darker there, and you can break through just pushing into it with thumbnail. Anybody had this one before? Thanks, LizO in PA

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Is it a newly laying hen or perhaps an aging hen? It's a malfuction in the eggshell dept.
  3. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    That's somewhat common in aging hens. We have commercial red hybrid layers here and after a year of laying a few percent of the eggs are thin or have a blemish on the large end.

    Older birds do not process calcium as well as younger birds. Calcium uptake and mobilization decreases as a hen ages.
  4. lizO

    lizO Chirping

    May 13, 2008
    but...but....but (this is how i feel when my dr says certain pains are "age-related.") She's only a year old! i think it's the GL Wyandottes. i guess it's a better reply than disease. sigh. is age the only cause? they're so ... young!

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