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The chicken or the egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Molnut, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. Molnut

    Molnut Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    I lot has happened and my 4 original layers, whom were laying just fine, have started producing weird eggs:

    - Some have a little bit of unfinished business piled up on top (see pic);
    - Some look like they rolled in the sand before the finishing coat (see pic);
    - Some look like a bad dye job with discoloration.

    They have been moved twice in 3 months and the last move was quite bumpy. It's all on the same property though. We are starting an egg business and the infrastructure is still very fluid as it develops as fast as we can build it.

    I have given them more yogourt with ground eggshells lately and they had a plate of scrambled eggs as well.

    Lastly, move #2 was on less than ideal pasture. It was 3 weeks ago. They are now on good pasture. At least as good as can be until it grows better. Waiting for sunshine...

    Is it stress, something wrong with my girls, or the result of different pasture qualities?

    Thanks



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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Rough Sandy eggs can be because of stress, changes in lighting or not enough water. The calcification lumps can be genetic, poor nutrition, or from ageing birds. My guess it's all from the stress of the moves and could take a few weeks to settle out. Otherwise feed a high quality ration, use a higher protein one if you add anything extra to the diet, always provide fresh water and a separate bowl of oyster shells.
     
  3. Molnut

    Molnut Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks
     

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