Thin Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Abroeth, Sep 22, 2018.

  1. Abroeth

    Abroeth Hatching

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm new to this site. We bought 6 chickens 3 months ago who were already laying and are about 2-3 years old. I think.. I free range them in our fenced in back yard, they have about an acre to roam on with plenty of shrubs, bushes and trees to forage through. I feed them oyster shell and an organic corn-free layer feed with plenty of water with a little bit of apple cider mixed in. The main issue I am having is that my Americana (who lays green eggs) the shell is thin and rough with calcium deposits on them, my other chickens' eggs have thin shells as well, with no calcium deposits but are now starting to form hairline cracks and little wrinkles. I can't seem to figure out what the issue is and how to fix it. Are my chickens too old?

    Please help!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    Stop the ACV and see if that improves your shells. In warmer weather it can interfere with calcium absorption. Try some electrolytes for a few days, than just fresh clean water.

    You can also switch off a layer ration and onto something like a non medicated starter or grower, or an All Flock ration with a separate bowl of oyster shells for the calcium needs. Sometimes they get too much calcium from a layer which can cause calcium deposits.

    Plus we are getting to the end of the season here in the northern hemisphere. I don't know where you are located. Sometimes shells get thinner at the end of the season as birds are running on reserves.
     
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