Soft Shelled Eggs

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Soft Shelled Eggs

Postby mel the hen » 11 Jun 2015, 16:53

Hello there,

Can anyone help? I have 23 free range hens but one of them (called Sally) consistently lays soft shelled eggs. Sally is a beautiful Maran hen and her eggs are very dark brown, but the shells are thin and soft. I don't think it can be a diet problem since all the other hens are OK. I feed layers pellets and oyster shell and they're free range and can pick up this and that. Sally is fairly low down on the pecking order but not right at the bottom.

If anyone has any ideas I'd be very glad to hear them.

Thank you
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Re: Soft Shelled Eggs

Postby Henwife » 13 Jun 2015, 07:39

All I can offer is that you have a hen who lays soft shelled eggs. It's very tiresome, but you're doing everything right, none of the others do, so it has to be genetic.
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Re: Soft Shelled Eggs

Postby mel the hen » 16 Jun 2015, 06:45

Thanks for the reply Henwife. What a pity....she's such a beautiful hen too!
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Re: Soft Shelled Eggs

Postby laffinfowl » 17 Jun 2015, 10:38

I,d agree with HW on it possibly being genetic,the other thing i have found is if a hen has been a prolific layer and is getting on a bit they start to lay soft shelled eggs too,i,ve had to cull off a few relly nice hens due to the danger of the rest of the flock turning into egg eaters,something else to watch out for.
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Re: Soft Shelled Eggs

Postby mel the hen » 18 Jun 2015, 07:12

Thank you Laffinfowl. Sally was only hatched last year, so she isn't very old.

Oh dear, I hadn't thought about the others becoming egg eaters though I have worried that she might lay an egg that broke inside her. Perhaps Sally has to go.
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Re: Soft Shelled Eggs

Postby laffinfowl » 21 Jun 2015, 11:27

I,m afraid in a flock situation thats exactly the route i would be going down,the danger of one or two developing a taste for eggs would be too big a chance to take and i would cull.
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