What can I do to help my chickens lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jvegas1, May 24, 2012.

  1. jvegas1

    jvegas1 Hatching

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    Monday I adopted 2 6 month old RIR silkie mix hens. The previous owner stopped feeding them hoping they would die just because they were not wanted anymore. They are very sweet girls and Im doing what little I know to make them happy and comfortable in there new home. I think my work is starting to pay off because there was an egg waiting when I went to give them a cool watermelon treat today. I noticed the egg was a bit on the small side, I was hoping someone out there could let me know if a small egg is normal for this mixed breed and if not is there anything I can do to help her? Also I have seen some people saying they give there chickens oyster shells, can someone please tell me the reason for that and should I be giving it to my girls?
    Please help, thank you
     
  2. AnimalLover234

    AnimalLover234 Chirping

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    Oyster shells are for calcium. You should give it to her---Free choice, Of course :) And could you possilbly post a picture of her so I can see what she looks like?
     
  3. jvegas1

    jvegas1 Hatching

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    This is Belina, my daughter just loves her and she is very sweet.
     
  4. chickenmaniac

    chickenmaniac Chirping

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    well i heard silkies do lay small eggs, so since she has that in her blood that may be why
     
  5. paith041

    paith041 In the Brooder

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    Mine have all started laying small eggs that get a bit bigger a few weeks after their first lay. Not a lot bigger, but just a bit.
     
  6. Banties

    Banties Hatching

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    The reason the egg is small is because silkies are bantams, and they lay small eggs! I have some Pekins (which are like silkies) and they lay small eggs, so its perfectly normal! :) I hope you find this usefull!
    Clare x
     

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