This is crazy

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by GoldenCometLady, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. GoldenCometLady

    GoldenCometLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why would just one hen out of 11 be laying a very soft shell egg?
    They all have acsess to crushed egg shells free choice.
    That is all I have ever used for over a year and have had no
    problems at all. I have noticed for a while egg yolk on some of
    the eggs. More than once I have had to change out the straw bedding
    in a nest box because it was wet with yolk.

    I really thought we had one or more of the girls breaking and eating
    the egg. But shell was no where to be found. Today I got one that
    the shell was so thin you could have ran you finger right through it.
    The shell was very pale nearly white and mine lay brown eggs.
    I have been getting a pale thin shell from one of the girls for a while
    but not this paper thin.

    Is she just not eating the crushed shell?? Or is she sick??
    I recently changed from laying crumbles
    to Flock Raiser which has less calcium. This was done because I have younger
    pullets that can't eat the laying crumbles yet because of the high calcium.
     
  2. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no expert but,could it be she's lower in the peck order and is not getting enough?Why not offer Oyster shell free-choice in a seperate container?
    I have one hen(who I need to find out) that always has layed a thin shelled egg.Drives me crazy cleaning it up.But if she just started? I would think food change first...can you separate her from the flock and feed her a higher calcium level for a couple days and see if that helps? Just a thought.
    As for her being sick? I couldn't tell you,sorry [​IMG]
     
  3. GoldenCometLady

    GoldenCometLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you NYRIR for your reply

    Has no one else an answer for me???
     
  4. EggNoob

    EggNoob Out Of The Brooder

    I would agree.. not enough calcium.. maybe she doesnt like the shells?? In the think shelled eggs.. is the white exceptionally runny?

    (ps .. grew up in parkersburg)
     
  5. GoldenCometLady

    GoldenCometLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    EggNoob you know I never checked it. Maybe I should have.
    Maybe we were neighbors as I grew up in Parkersburg too.
    I graduated PHS in 1963
     
  6. RustyHen

    RustyHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It might be the begining of internal laying, [​IMG] is she a sexlink or a hatchery hen? I understand that they are more suseptable (sp?) to internal laying.
     
  7. GoldenCometLady

    GoldenCometLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is a red sex link Golden Coment. Bought at TSC so yes she came from a hatchery.
    I hope that is not it. How would I know and what could I do about it?
     
  8. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Calcium is just one of a few things that can cause hens to lay soft eggs.

    Calcium -
    Phosphorus -
    Calcium and Phosphorus Inbalances -
    Vitamin D -
    Genetics -

    Chris
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2011
  9. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol I grew up in Pt Pleasant WV, my mother lives in Ripley just a short drive from Parkersburg!!! Is this the reunion thread??

    anyway, it is possible that it could be a genetic problem with this hen. I would give them access to oyster shell as well.

    you can also give her some "special" treats: spinach, collard greens, etc
    if nothing helps, the most likely thing is that it's genetic. It's not unheard of in hatchery chicks. My mom got a batch of 20 chicks that ALL laid soft-shell eggs so into the freezer they went.
     

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