Thick lumpy shells...Can I still hatch them?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shandiane78, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. shandiane78

    shandiane78 Songster

    Jul 23, 2009
    Woodinville, WA
    One of my hens lays over calcified shells on a regular basis. Would chicks have too much trouble breaking out of such an egg? Anyone have success incubating thick lumpy shelled eggs?! Is there something I should be doing to correct the problem? She eats layer feed and has access to oyster shell. The other hens don't have this shell problem though. Maybe I should try switching them all to chick feed, and still offer the shell as supplement?


  2. HathawayHens

    HathawayHens Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    DeLand, FL
    I am not positive, but I think that you would not want to set these eggs, since the problems with the eggs might be passed on genetically to the chicks. That would be the only concern I had, as far as the pipping I guess time would tell...

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