Very porous egg shells..need HELP

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bantyman, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. bantyman

    bantyman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey all [​IMG]
    I have some RIR that have started ..barely..to lay So far all the eggs have had very porous shells They are getting the same feed as everybody else and the same treats What is lacking? Or what am I doing wrong? And last but not least What do I need to do? If anybody has an answer or even a close one please let me know Thank so much

    Mike [​IMG]
     
  2. Are you feeding them oyster shell ?
     
  3. elliemay0305

    elliemay0305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could be because they are layign eggs for the first time also. last year i was told my geese needed to be feed more layer when their eggs werent hard. they were like soft skin. now chicken are different than geese but maybe it could help them to!!
     
  4. bantyman

    bantyman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not feeding oyster shell seperatly I thought it was in the laying pellets already These are the only ones that have this problem Maybe it is what they need Guess I need to start giving them some

    Mike [​IMG]
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    What kind of feed? Are they on layer feed? What percent of their diet is treats? What kind of treats?
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Oops I posted when you did.

    Layer does have extra calcium. Evidently, sometimes it's enough, and sometimes not. Mine are on layer and I do not give extra calcium, but they free range and find most of their own food, and there is lots of limestone (has calcium) in my soil.

    Sometimes too many treats can dilute their diet; believe they should be about 5% of their intake.

    Some people crush eggshells and feed them to the chickens for calcium. Most cook them so they don't get a taste for raw eggs (scramble with eggs or microwave the shells are easy ways.) Once you get good eggs, this might save a few bucks.

    Hope the calcium solves your problem; suspect it will.

    Hope the calcium solves your problem.
     

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