Sherri1990

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My astrolorpe is on her 3rd egg. The first two were perfect. This last one was torn and I found the egg and it’s contents in the ground. There was a hole the size of a dime in the shell and egg contents on her bottom fluff feathers. Please tell me this is expected and she will be ok.she is on grower and has access to oyster shell. How do I do a quick fix to help her on her next egg??
 

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My astrolorpe is on her 3rd egg. The first two were perfect. This last one was torn and I found the egg and it’s contents in the ground. There was a hole the size of a dime in the shell and egg contents on her bottom fluff feathers. Please tell me this is expected and she will be ok.she is on grower and has access to oyster shell. How do I do a quick fix to help her on her next egg??
Sounds like a soft shelled egg broke before the hen (pullet)
was able to expel it. This happened to my hen Joy this summer. I found an eggshell hanging from her vent and like you said, egg contents elsewhere. Is she acting lethargic? Tail drooping? How is she acting? If she is acting lethargic I would go ahead and bring her to a vet if possible. She may have egg contents and shell still inside of her, and if left for an extended amount of time those contents can harden (quickly) blocking her intestines and in Joy’s case, her airways. Is she pooping? If so, that’s a good sign, if it contains a yellow or whitish/clearish substance than that means there is egg contents stuck inside, in which case bringing her to a vet can really save her life. To prevent EYP your vet will try and extract any egg contents, which is something you can do yourself (I’d link an article but I’ll edit my post in a moment) or have the vet do (I’d have the vet do it because you can also take an X-ray, this helped me and my vet figure out that my hen’s airways were blocked) and they probably will give you some sort of medicine to give her once-twice a day (I found that if the hen doesn’t want to eat it on her own, you will have to use the syringe method- that would be holding her beak open and putting the syringe down her throat until you see a bulge from the syringe on the RIGHT side of her crop area- you have to be very careful to make sure that the syringe is in her crop (on the right side of her body) otherwise you may release the liquid medicine into her lungs- and that’s never going to be good) If you don’t think that your hen has any egg contents inside of her than I would continue to watch her.

Soft shelled eggs are actually common with new layers. It’s nothing to be worried about, in fact there are lots of strange types of eggs your hen may lay, and none of it is your fault. If you say they are on Oyster then I wouldn’t worry about calcium deficiency. :thumbsup
 
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My astrolorpe is on her 3rd egg. The first two were perfect. This last one was torn and I found the egg and it’s contents in the ground. There was a hole the size of a dime in the shell and egg contents on her bottom fluff feathers. Please tell me this is expected and she will be ok.she is on grower and has access to oyster shell. How do I do a quick fix to help her on her next egg??
Once i see the first egg i ALWAYS switch to Layer feed with oyster shells on the side as an option
 

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Once i see the first egg i ALWAYS switch to Layer feed with oyster shells on the side as an option
I’m sure that if the OP has Oyster for them, then they’re probably on Layer feed. I believe that this hen laid a soft shelled egg only because she’s a new layer, and it’s actually fairly common
 

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