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Thin, light colored shells and difficulty laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pollo ojo, May 15, 2016.

  1. pollo ojo

    pollo ojo New Egg

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    Hi!

    We have 3 layers- 2 average one egg a day. 1 is a little....different.

    She can spend most of a day with her rear end low and walking more like a penguin than a chicken. She looks uncomfortable and doesn't jump or run as well as she does the rest of the time.

    When she does lay the egg it is thinner shelled with a lighter brown color and not as often as her sisters.

    Any suggestions? We use a commercial organic layer crumble. We've recently added oyster shells. They get a lot of time outside.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! She's got a problem, and there are several possible issues. Is she older? Have you looked for mites and lice, especially at night with a flashlight? Eating well, and normal weight, not too thin? Injured? Prolapsing? Oyster shell in a separate dish, right? Internal issues won't go well, so I hope you can figure something out that's easily fixed. Mary
     
  3. pollo ojo

    pollo ojo New Egg

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    Thanks for your reply.

    She's only about 6 months old. No mites or ticks. She eats well and is not under weight. Not injured or prolapsed. Yes, oyster shell in a separate dish. We only just added it to the coop in the last week.

    Yeah, I don't figure internal issues will end well for her. She seems to be fine after she lays the egg and I'd guess this has been going on for 3 months. Makes me think it's not something horrible. Thoughts?

    T
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Hope it's immaturity, and she'll do better as she grows up. Good luck! Mary
     
  5. Chickenmanjim7

    Chickenmanjim7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does she carry her tail cocked off to the side? I am just gathering information.
     

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