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Weak Shells

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sdbuffedgirls, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. sdbuffedgirls

    sdbuffedgirls New Egg

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    My buffs are almost two years old and have been laying since July 2012. Have seen them go through the molting process, with slow egg production. But right now I have one that seems to have a weak shell on her eggs. I feed them a good quality crumble that the feed store says has oyster shell in it. Is it ok to give them extra oyster shell? Enquiring minds want to know.:cd
     
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, it's best to set up a small separate feeder for the oyster shell. The hens will consume some when they need it. Older hens require the extra calcium because of the constant laying. 50lb bags at the feed mill are very reasonable...I always wash and dry my egg shells as we use them, then smash them up and feed them back with the oyster shell. Egg shells are almost 100% calcium, so why waste them? good luck

    bigz
     
  3. Almichfarmgirl

    Almichfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a araucana who is laying blue eggs. Lately I have been noticing that some eggs are misshapen and rough. I offer oyster shell and grit free choice. What could be up?
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Rough eggshells can be caused by dehydration, a disease or even a change in the lighting in your coop. Possibly if the egg was held over in the uterus for an extra day, the shells can become rough. As long as the hen is not constantly laying eggs with rough shells, it shouldn't be a problem.
     
  5. Almichfarmgirl

    Almichfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! Just before winter we moved them into the larger barn with our older hens. After the adjustment period things have been going good. With this exception of course. She doesn't seem to have any other issues and even in the cold weather we provide fresh unfrozen water.
     

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