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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickengramps26, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. chickengramps26

    chickengramps26 Hatching

    Mar 20, 2013
    I have 3 R I Reds & i P B Rock, they will be 2 years old in June. Great egg production last year from all 4. this year the Barred in laying deformed and thin shelled eggs. Some are not hard shells but more like a thick membrane and are easily broken in the nest. Their diet has not changed, layena, oyster shell, and grit. They also free range the backyard daily for a few hours. What could be causing these bad eggs?

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    It could be their age that is to blame here, especially if they've been laying very well up 'till now. They could be nearing the end of their laying cycle. In some cases though disease and/or stress also cause malformed or soft-shelled eggs.

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