What causes "soft" eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gray Ghost, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. Gray Ghost

    Gray Ghost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sitting here at my kitchen table I just watched one of my red sex link hens lay an egg on my deck. It had a soft, paper thin shell like a turtle egg ( but thinner). Then the hen ate the egg (shell / skin and all).

    What causes the soft shell? I have not been having this problem before that I know of. Yesterday my 11 laying hens laid 11 eggs. My hens free range and also have 24/7 access to commercial layer feed and oyster shell.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

  3. Gray Ghost

    Gray Ghost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This hen has been laying fine since reaching maturity about 7 weeks ago. As far as I can tell this is a new problem.
     
  4. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When they're young, they'll lay a weird egg once in awhile. It's normal.
     

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