Thin shelled eggs and not laying in the nest anymore...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ErinG, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. ErinG

    ErinG Songster

    Sep 6, 2010
    My 5 chickens are a year and a half old, always have a supply of Layena pellets available and get limited scraps. There are also oyster shells available to them. My GLW has been laying really thin shelled eggs the last few weeks. So thin that they frequently break when they are laid. She used to lay really nice thick shelled eggs, but the problem started when I switched from the oyster shells that look like little rocks to crushed oyster shells. I switched due to cost. She's also been laying her eggs in random places - the floor of the coop, out in the run. She's never done this before. I'm worried she will become egg bound and I'm tired of losing her big beautiful eggs to breakage. Any suggestions?

  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    During molt her calcium needs are just a little higher. You can feed your shells back to the flock, switch back to the other OS, and supplement protein....just about the only thing one can do at this time of year. I'd also add some ACV to the water...good for most anything regarding nutrition.
  3. ChicKat

    ChicKat Crowing Premium Member

    X2 on the Apple Cider Vinegar---- some research showed that it helps them absorb the calcium from the oystershell and eggshell. It does improve the quality of the eggshells.

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