Weird egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 1ADAM12, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. 1ADAM12

    1ADAM12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok al off my chickens appear healthy. But when I went out to gather eggs today one of them literally crumbled in my hand. The shell was so brittle. What would cause this?

    A little information. I have 4 hens that are a year old and 4 others that were born in the spring. Egg laying dropped off three weeks ago because they are molting and this past week we started getting eggs again. Had 4 today but had one bad one. Also I put oyster shells in their feed to help with calcium.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Adam
     
  2. JoshFig

    JoshFig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes you just get bad eggs - especially if they're molting. I have an occasional brittle egg, even shell-less every once in awhile. If it keeps up for an extended period of time you may want to figure out who is laying the bad ones and cull it - but more than likely its no big deal.
     
  3. 1ADAM12

    1ADAM12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's good news! Here's to hoping you are right [​IMG]
     
  4. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    I agree Bad Eggs happen sometimes I wouldn't fret over it until it is common occurrence
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat^^^^...and new layers too.


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    Oyster shell should not be mixed into the feed, but offered in a separate container for when they need it.
    What kind of feed are you using?
     
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  6. 1ADAM12

    1ADAM12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DuMOR 16% layer crumble. I get it from TSC.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That should have plenty of calcium...tho having some available 'on the side' is not a bad idea.
    If your birds are molting, a higher protein feed will help them grow new feathers faster.

    I like to feed a flock raiser/grower/finisher 20% protein crumble full time to all ages and genders, as non-layers(chicks, males and molting birds) do not need the extra calcium that is in layer feed and chicks and molters can use the extra protein. Makes life much simpler to store and distribute one type of chow that everyone can eat. I do grind up the crumbles (in the blender) for the chicks for the first week or so.

    The higher protein crumble also offsets the 8% protein scratch grains and other kitchen/garden scraps I like to offer. I adjust the amounts of other feeds to get the protein levels desired with varying situations.

    Calcium should be available at all times for the layers, I use oyster shell mixed with rinsed, dried, crushed chicken egg shells in a separate container.

    Animal protein (mealworms, a little cheese - beware the salt content, meat scraps) is provided during molting and if I see any feather eating.
     
  8. 1ADAM12

    1ADAM12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info. Much appreciated
     

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