What the hen laying causes this

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Newchics, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. Newchics

    Newchics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Found this in the coop this morning. What causes a hen to lay this? It's like a water balloon
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  2. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

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    Calcium deficiency. You should be feeding your hen with a quality layer feed and supply oyster shells in a separate dish on the side. Birds use up a lot of their calcium stores to create the shell of the egg. Lack of adequate calcium will result in soft shelled and shell less eggs.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Think about causes before determining solutions.

    New layer? Not unusual.
    Takes a month or so for things to smooth out.
    Meanwhile, eggs everywhere, some of them can be rather funky looking, soft or thin shelled, huge double yolked eggs
     
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  4. Newchics

    Newchics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info. Not new layers but we're recently moved. I'm thinking it's stress so I'm just watching to see how they do. They are separate from others right now because when I try to add them to the flock they get beat up on so that will be a slow process also
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Oh, so new to your flock?
    How old are they?
     
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    Newchics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are new to us in a separate small coop we got them from people moving out of area. I think they are about a year old
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Could be moving stress...could be pre-molt funkiness.
    Time will tell.
     

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