Underdeveloped egg Advice please

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by The Noodle Farm, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. The Noodle Farm

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  2. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Usually a calcium deficiency. Are you feeding oyster shells, or another type of grit?
     
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    I am going to buy oyster shells today. They have a sand bottom coop so I wasn't sure if they needed grit as well. I'm a first timer here. Thanks for the advice!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    More info needed, before suggestions can be made:
    How old is bird?
    How long laying?
    What and how exactly are you feeding?

    Looks like a shell gland glitch......as to why, see above more info needed.
     
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    I have three hens they are all about 19-20 weeks old. Two out of three are laying. I feed them all poultry feed from the local farm store. All of there past eggs have looked healthy. They have been laying for two weeks now[​IMG]
    The third girl has been squatting for a week now. Do you think this may be her first egg?
     
  6. I Love Layers

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    It may be her first egg. How much protein is in all poultry feed? They should have at least 16% protein. Along with access to grit
     
  7. The Noodle Farm

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    Thank you for the info! I just got back from the store. I bought oyster shells and grit. I will see if I still have the feed bag to check the protein %
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Not unusual for a new layers to lay some funky eggs...I'd not worry unless it happens frequently.
    Take a look at this thread...
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/697007/weird-or-odd-eggs-pics
    to see just how weird some eggs can be.

    Put the oyster shell and grit in separate containers...do not mix them in with the feed.
     
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    Thanks will do. I'll keep you posted[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. The Noodle Farm

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    OK, I put it in two separate bowls in their coop. Will they just find it themselves? (Silly question)
    I had one normal egg when I went out there to put that stuff in the coop. Let's see if I get a third today then I'll know for sure if it was Tinkerbell's first egg.
     

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