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Thin egg shells

Post  Ronnytigs on Sun Sep 13, 2009 1:32 pm

Despite feeding the chooks crushed oyster shells, and their own egg shells back to them, and layers mash, one of the hens is now laying thin or broken eggs, and some eggs seem to have not much yolk.

Do you know what might be causing this, and what I should do about it?

Thanks

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Re: Thin egg shells

Post  cheekychook on Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:58 am

Hey Ronnytigs! How are you?

Sometimes if parasites are a problem with your chooks (which is very common this time of year), this can affect the quality of the egg.

To improve the quality of the egg shell, I recommend you buy some limestone flour and add a sprinkling to your chooks feed. It's packed full of calcium and easily absorbed by the chicken. Also treat your hens for parasites if they're showing any signs. of them being present.

Hope this makes sense...it's very early in the morning! lol!

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Post  Ronnytigs on Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:34 pm

Thanks CC, I shall give the flour a go... I don't think it's parasites, all the girls look very healthy.

I'm wondering if the weather changing is affecting them too.

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Post  Ronnytigs on Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:37 pm

Shocked Shocked Shocked Cripes just saw the time of your reply!!

New baby letting you know? Wink

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Post  cheekychook on Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:33 pm

You guessed correctly Very Happy Feeling a bit zombie-fied at the mo with the lack of sleep... loving motherhood though although my chooks seem to be missing the attention I used to give them!

Let us know how you get on with the limestone flour!

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Post  Ronnytigs on Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:55 am

They seem to have adjusted back again with out any problem, so perhaps it was just the change in the weather. Rolling Eyes
I shall get some flour though, in case it happens again.

Daisy has stopped laying all together, she of the extremely eye wateringly large eggs.
She isn't moulting, do you think she will ever lay again?
As you know all my hens are ex-batts, and so she must be about 2 1/2 years old now.

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Post  Ronnytigs on Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:02 pm

Rolling Eyes Well wouldn't you know it, the very next day she laid one of her enormous eggs, in a totally new place in the garden.

Aren't chickens just the most contrary, silly, and adorable creatures?!! lol!

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