Stumped and not sure what to do.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MandalaMaMa, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. MandalaMaMa

    MandalaMaMa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2013
    southern Oregon coast
    Here's the background story. I have 8 older hen that are over 1 1/2 yrs old and we have 12 pullets that are almost 3 months old. They are currently on fermented "All in One" crumbs because of the pullets. They get feed twice a day and are eating about 6 qts in 2 days. I've also been giving them one over grown zucchini every morning for the past month. Plus a hand full of scratch and boss seeds in the afternoon as a treat. They have been free ranging in a paddock for the past month too.Usually first thing in the morning and then again in the evening.

    Here's my dilemma. Their egg shells have been getting pretty thin and the past two days there has been a broken one. Normally I know this is because of low calcium but they have access to oyster shells anytime they want along with grit. We have even been mixing some oyster shells with their scratch once in awhile that is thrown on the ground in the afternoon.Just to encourage the older girls to eat some. Could my problem be from all the zucchini they are getting or the change in their food? The older girls use to be on fermented "Layer Food". Or is something else going on. I'm not sure what else I can do. Anyone have any advice.
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Could just be that their laying systems are beginning to shut down for the season. It's just about molting time.
  3. aldarita

    aldarita Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2012
    Brenham TX
    Exactly, days are beginning to get shorter and some of my hens are already molting. Have you seen scattered feathers? I have been getting soft shell eggs too in the past weeks. My flock always has a dish with oyster shells plus another dish with crushed egg shells, they free range and have 24/7 layer feed in their run. 'tis the season!
  4. autumnlchick

    autumnlchick Just Hatched

    Sep 11, 2016
    The shells are about 98% calcium, crush up their egg shells and feed it to them, and try offering it and the Oster shell to them in the same fashion you give them treats. Mine have some daily out of my hand, which let's me choose who gets it and who doesnt, and also I can see how much they are getting.

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