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Thin Shelled Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SpokaneWA1988, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. SpokaneWA1988

    SpokaneWA1988 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have backyard chickens for the first time this year & they started laying about a month ago. They have consistently laid eggs with hard shells and then today, one of them layer an egg on the ground (they always lay in the nesting box) and the shell was so thin, it nearly broke apart when I picked it up. Since I'm new to chickens, I'm not really sure what could be going on. We feed them Layena which says it has "top levels" of calcium but we just switched to Layena from a different feed within the last week. They free range in our backyard for about 4 hours a day, sometimes more on the weekends & get treats such as zucchinni, squash, broccoli, and strawberries.

    Also, only three of the five are laying right now. Is it possible that another one just started laying and this was her first egg?

    Thanks for the input- I'm still learning about chickens :)
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More than likely, that is exactly what happened. Feed back your egg shells for just a little more Ca.
     
  3. SpokaneWA1988

    SpokaneWA1988 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I'll try adding some more calcium into their diet too.
     

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