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BlackRocks

  • Joined Jul 2009
  • Wokingham, Near Reading, Berkshire
Soft shelled eggs
« on: March 13, 2010, 07:58:06 pm »
Hi everyone,

One of my Black Rocks who normally lays an egg a day for me has started laying soft shelled eggs whilst on the perch at night. The first one was about a week ago and I thought it was just a one off. It was a broken egg on the floor but had a thin rubbery shell. The next day she laid a normal egg. Then the next day we had a soft shelled egg again. We then had two days of normal eggs and I thought she was ok. Then this morning once again a soft shelled egg. I have been giving limestone flour on their food and they have oyster shell grit so plenty of calcium. Is this something I should be concerned about or is it just a blip that will right itself. She is behaving absolutely normally and eating well so I'm a bit confused as to what could be causing it. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

doss93

  • Joined Mar 2010
Re: Soft shelled eggs
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2010, 08:46:17 pm »
im no expert, correct me if im wrong but i think if they are getting there daily intake then should correct them selfs and are they on layer pellets or mixed corn there diet might be effecting it

BlackRocks

  • Joined Jul 2009
  • Wokingham, Near Reading, Berkshire
Re: Soft shelled eggs
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2010, 09:07:25 pm »
They have layers pellets and free run of the garden for a couple of hours a day. they then get a treat of pasta, tuna, sweetcorn and a bit of yoghurt just before bed time.

doss93

  • Joined Mar 2010
Re: Soft shelled eggs
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2010, 09:32:54 pm »
as i say correct me if im wrong but i think within time it should correct its self as it only started laying a week ago either that or try giving them some supplements avalible from any decent animal feeds supplyer

plumseverywhere

  • Joined Apr 2013
  • Worcestershire
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Re: Soft shelled eggs
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2010, 08:05:05 am »
one of my black rocks does this sometimes - we either get rubbery 'shell' or a very wrinkled paper thin one. Like yours, ours have oyster shell, layers pellets and free range.
One thing I would say (having found out the hard way!!) is get rid of all the soft shell eggs asap, my sussex has developed a taste for eggs since BR laid some softies and now I have to collect the eggs very quick for risk of losing them to her (although our ceramic eggs have put a bit of a stop to it)
Smallholding in Worcestershire, making goats milk soap for www.itsbaaathtime.com and mum to 4 girls,  goats, sheep, chickens, dog, cat and garden snails...

 

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