Weak egg shell

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JensHens, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. JensHens

    JensHens In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2007
    Only one of my hens is laying a weak egg shell. I give oyster shell along with their feed. You can poke your finger thru it when you pick it up. Any suggestions?

    It has happened about three or four times in the last 2 weeks.
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    How old are your hens? Do you know which one is laying that egg? Maybe you can give them more protien...like some meal worms...or crickets. I also read Apple Cider Vinegar will help thier body to retain vitamins better. Maybe this is what she needs in her water. It wont hurt the others that are not sick..its good for them all!
  3. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    This is from the Mississippi State University Extension Service:

    Calcium is the primary mineral that makes up eggshells and when not supplied in the diet, the hen does not have the basic materials needed to make the shell. The problem is produced when whole grains or feeds deficient in minerals and vitamins make up the bulk of the laying hen diet. Thin egg shells are observed when calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D3 are not provided in diets at adequate levels. It is more often observed during periods of hot weather because calcium is conserved and retained within the hen's body less efficiently.

    The quality of the shells is improved by feeding a complete laying ration as the only diet. This diet supplies all nutrients in the proper proportions so the hen can produce good shells. If thin egg shells becomes a problem, it is advisable to add 2 pounds of oyster shells (as an oyster shell flour or hen-sized oyster shells) to every 100 pounds of complete layer ration.

    This will provide a quick remedy to the problem and should restore egg shell quality within a short period of time. After the egg shell quality is restored, the addition of oyster shell can be eliminated and the complete layer diet can then maintain good egg shell formation. It is also advisable to also add a vitamin supplement to the drinking water while the oyster shell is being added to the feed. This will help ensure that calcium and phosphorus in the diet is being properly absorbed through the digestive system and will be available for deposition as shell on the egg.

    Hope it helps. And keep us posted on how your hens are doing! [​IMG]

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