Thin Eggshells

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Georgeschicks, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. Georgeschicks

    Georgeschicks Chirping

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    Hey!

    My two year old Delaware hen has been laying extremely weird eggs lately. I have found smashed eggs in the coop with other eggs untouched that are in the same box. The egg shells are super thin and break almost upon contact. I always make sure they have oyster shells and they have feed with calcium in it already. This has been going on for a while. Her comb is still red so I don't know if this is a calcium deficiency thing or something else.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Birdma

    Birdma In the Brooder

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    Is she getting enough sun? Calcium is absorbed with vit D.
    Also is going through any stress ie; coop changes, flock changes, predators hanging out etc. that can cause thin or absent shells as well.‍♀️
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    How long is "a while"...how many days, weeks, months??
    She may not be eating the oyster shells.
    Do you feed other foods or treats?
    Do they free range?

    Have you checked her over real well for a swollen belly and external parasites?

    Is she 24-36...or 36-48 months old?
    She may be ramping down production prior to molting,
    depending on....
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  4. Georgeschicks

    Georgeschicks Chirping

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    About three months ago we had to give two of our chickens away.
     
  5. Georgeschicks

    Georgeschicks Chirping

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    Hi! It’s been about two months. She actually stopped laying for two or three weeks and when it kicked back up two months ago her egg shells have been thin. my chickens don’t free range and i feed vegetable scraps pretty regularly. there is calcium in her feed which i know she is eating.
     
  6. slordaz

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    Mine tend to do that just before they go into molt but it's usually one 1-2 as they start shutting down to molt as they won't lay, but molt is usually done within a month, this year though one of my 2.5 year olds seemed to have a really hard time getting through molt but weather has been really crazy here too. sometimes when they restart laying you will get a few too as system gears back up
     
  7. aart

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    I'd cut out all scraps.
    Layer feed is meant to the sole ration.
     

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