Wrinkled hard shelled egg...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chkn15, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. chkn15

    chkn15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering if anyone could inform me what causes an egg to look this way. I have RHode island reds, golden buffs, and a buff Orpington. The birds are currently 16 weeks old. One began laying sept 27 and another about a week later. Still waiting on the others. I went to get the eggs today and this egg just looks odd. The shell is hard. They are on a pullet feed by kalmbach. The farmers exchange said not to switch to layer feed until all of the hens are laying. I have 9 total. Any info would be appreciated as I am a newbie! [​IMG]
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    Up until today the eggs have been normal looking
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    Sometimes there's a funky egg, stress, heat, a hiccup in the system, usually it's only once in a while.
     
  3. chkn15

    chkn15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto the glitch theory.

    ....but I would put out some oyster shell for the layers, the non-layers will pretty much leave it alone.


    I like to feed a 'flock raiser' 20% protein crumble 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.

    The higher protein crumble also offsets the 8% protein scratch grains and other kitchen/garden scraps I like to offer.

    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.
     
  5. chkn15

    chkn15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the information. I will get some oyster shells to put out for the girls laying. The feed I have right now is a 16% all natural flock grower crumble. If I put out the oyster shells is there any reason to switch to a layer feed?
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Nope.
     

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