thick or hard shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jjparke, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. jjparke

    jjparke Songster

    Apr 20, 2008
    My ladies lay really hard eggs. When I crack them I actually have to hit them several times to get them open. So I am thinking it might be the membrane. Does anyone know what I can do to thin the membrane out a little bit? Possibly a feed supplement?

  2. LindsayB

    LindsayB Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    Cypress, Texas
    you should be excited that your girls have thick shells! it shows they're getting plenty of calcium and nutrients to make them.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2008
  3. masschix

    masschix Songster

    Apr 28, 2008
    Central Massachusetts
    Our girls have very hard shells too. Thought it was supposed to be a good thing?!?!?! I wouldn't want them to be thinned out....they may brake to easily in the nesting boxes.
  4. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    This is really def a sign of good health and it shows that your birds are not short on calcium, like the eggs we all got used to in the store. Enjoy!
  5. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    I know what you're saying. Mine are like cracking open a coconut too. But it really is a good thing. You're probably like me and just need to stop comparing them to the store bought eggs.

  6. showy21

    showy21 Hatching

    I gave eggs to a friend of mine and commented on how nice the shells were...hard shells are good!!!!!!!!!![​IMG]
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    It's just a sign of a really fresh egg. As the egg ages the membrane thins out, making it easier to crack.

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