Very Soft Egg Shells

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PreChickenLady, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. PreChickenLady

    PreChickenLady Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 24, 2015
    I have a chicken (I'm assuming it is the same chicken) laying eggs with very, very soft shells. I have actually been finding these eggs in the coop under the roost and I'm guessing she is laying them sometime during the night. I was getting these eggs on occasion but yesterday I found a "crushed" egg on the coop floor and then this morning I found another egg on the coop floor that was intact but was so soft I could barely pick it up. Again, I know that one of my red-sex linked is laying these eggs I just don't know which one (I have 2). All of my chickens have 24 hour access to organic feed, water and crushed egg shells for calcium (they refuse to eat oyster shells [​IMG]). Any suggestions on what else I can/should be doing to fix this predicament?
  2. jc mac

    jc mac Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2015
    i had the exact same problem, i have 2 sex links, I read somewhere that
    Tums was the answer, they do not eat the oyster shells. I gave each one a broken up Tums and then put a crushed tums in their water until I was down to once a week, problem solved. Let me know how you make out.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I'm must confess Im a little envious of those members whose flock do well with growers / general flock feed and supplementary oyster shell (or powdered lime, in my case) for laying birds. My girls will simply not eat the supplementary calcium. I feed the whole flock layers feed as a consequence (with younger ones kept in a separate coop / run where i feed them growers feed). Its the only option that i could suggest.

  4. PreChickenLady

    PreChickenLady Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 24, 2015

    Thanks!!!! I am trying adding a Tums to their water and will see how that goes! Today we found an egg on the coop floor when we let the chickens out but it was intact!
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Don't add a calcium supplement to the water, as your birds will either drink less, or get too much calcium. Feed layer with oyster shell on the side, or an all flock diet also with separate oyster shell. A layer diet with too much other stuff, and no oyster shell, won't be good. Mashed up egg shells also aren't enough for heavy egg producers, and some hens just won't do well, no matter what you do. Mary

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