Tried everything for soft shelled eggs. Is it time to cull?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by patman75, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a 1.5 year old BO. She has not layied eggs consistantly since December. Once every 2 weeks I might get an egg but it is very thin shelled.

    She is feed Organic feed with Calcium added in.
    Access to Grit
    Access to extra oystershells.
    Lives in a tractor.
    Gets free range time.
    Tried filtered water because of arsenic in well water.
    Given extra veggies

    I guess I just have a hen that just has issues that can't be fixed.

    I'm processing a roo very soon, I thinking she will go with him.

    Is there anything else I can try? Or is it time for freezer camp?
  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I had the same thing happen with a bantam, she layed faithfully until January when the frigid cold came in, then never laid another egg. Treated her for egg issues, nothing. She turned 2 in March. I guess her egglaying days have ended.
  3. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I have several like this too - young and old. Mine are all pets though so they will never see freezer camp [​IMG] Have you tried giving yogurt or shredded cheese? I have done that with success with a couple indoor chickens I have. They are special need chickens but they do lay eggs. One stopped for awhile so I tried the yogurt and cheese. Within a couple weeks she was laying again. It seemed like the oyster shell was not enough for her....or maybe she is just spoiled lol. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  4. Andi

    Andi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try upping the protein. I give my girls boiled egg when the production slows down and I know its not due to daylight length. I'll often just boil up the soiled eggs for them. They go bonkers for them also. I just smash them up, shell and all. The way I see it, what food is going to have all the nutrients needed to produce eggs? Eggs!

    Best of luck!

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