Thin skinned

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  1. Rstine

    Rstine Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm fairly new to chickens and am having a little problem.
    I have 6 free range hens that are supplemented with laying mash. They all have the same access to the same food. They are 3 Rhode Island, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Americauna, and 1 Australorp.
    The problem I am having is that one of them is laying eggs with a paper thin shell that is almost always broken before I gather.
    What would cause this with just one of the ladies and not the others? How do I figure out which one it is> I know it's not the Americana due to color, but all of the others are brown. And by the way, that have been laying since April and this problem has just begun in the last month.
    I appreciate any help with this.
     
  2. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

    I'm not quite sure because I'm not super knowledgable with eggs and egg-laying. My only thought was she might not be getting enough calcium......anyone else have a thought?
     
  3. Rstine

    Rstine Out Of The Brooder

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    Calcium was my first thought, but why is only one hen having this problem?
     
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Calcium would be first thing to try and make sure she is eating normally.

    But there are other causes - defective shell gland, lack of vitamin D3, egg drop syndrome.
     
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  7. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you. You've had some good advice above.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Some hens may not be able to absorb and utilize calcium, or need more than what is available to them. You can put out a separate supply of crushed oyster shell, which hens will take free choice if they need it. Hope this helps.
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  10. Rstine

    Rstine Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the help. I'm going to start with supplemental calcium and see what happens.
     

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