Delicate egg

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Delicate egg

Post by Cluck cluck » 27 Jul 2013, 14:10

I found this just now, tried picking it up and it broke, a really delicate shell. Is there something wrong with one of our hens?Image
You can't really see from the photo but the shell is really thin and almost transparent.

The birds are fed on layers mash from a local poultry farmer, he sells 1000's of eggs every week.

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Re: Delicate egg

Post by CP » 27 Jul 2013, 18:09

This sometimes happens when they first come into lay, & occasionally at other times for various reasons. Rarely anything sinister unless it's continuous.

Have a look at this site for some more info. ;)
http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publicati ... lless-eggs
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Re: Delicate egg

Post by Cluck cluck » 28 Jul 2013, 10:26

Ok thanks!

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Re: Delicate egg

Post by laffinfowl » 28 Jul 2013, 12:55

As said probably just a blip in the system,do they have access to mixed(soluble and insoluble) poultry grit,a splash of CLO on their grain can also help.

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Re: Delicate egg

Post by Cluck cluck » 30 Jul 2013, 17:48

They have no access to grit unless there's some in their mash

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Re: Delicate egg

Post by laffinfowl » 30 Jul 2013, 21:01

You should be able to get some at an Agri store or co-op,it can make a big difference to egg shell quality,the danger with soft shelled eggs is if they get broken and the birds get a taste for them you,re in big trouble,nearly impossible habit to break. :(

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Re: Delicate egg

Post by drfish » 31 Jul 2013, 11:08

Most pet shop type places sell it now, as chicken keeping is the 'in thing'

I always go for the mixed grit and oyster shell. Only ever had one soft shell and that was from a broody who'd just come back into lay.
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