Still getting soft shells

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by vachicks, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. vachicks

    vachicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I had 2 yesterday one the yolk was laying on the roost floor. Strange thing is when they lay the soft ones they lay them in the roost not the nest boxes. I have had 4 good ones so I know they all have laid hard shells, I don't know who is laying the soft ones, my bet is its the 2 who just started laying b/c the other 2 are laying almost everyday with no problems.

    I quit feeding most treats, they are staying in their pen more b/c I am working now, I only give them veggies and a small handful of cracked corn. Today I gave them a chicken carcass and the other day a pork bone, they LOVE picking at those. Oh and some plain yogurt.

    I hear the I laid an Egg song, someone is laying now...

    Thanks
     
  2. Ridgerunner

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    You might look through here in case you see something, but my guess is that it is the young ones just learning to lay. When they first start to lay, they do not always have good control of their system and may lay weird eggs at unexpected times. If this goes on for more than two weeks with the same chicken, you probably have another problem. Since you are getting eggs with good shells from some of your chickens it is probably not a lack of calcium. If you are feeding them layer feed, it should have enough calcium for them. It won't hurt to offer them oyster shell on the side but it should not be necessary.

    Soft shelled Eggs
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publi...ndbook/16/thinshelled-eggs-and-shellless-eggs

    [​IMG] Good luck and congratulations on the eggs! [​IMG]
     
  3. vachicks

    vachicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I had to go out of town and they laid all good eggs while i was gone and have continued to do so...whew.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm glad it worked out for you.
     

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