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Thin egg shells
#1
Hi all and happy New Year to you all



My hybrid has been laying odd shaped eggs for a few months now. They come out a different shape every time and are mostly rippled. I have looked through the forum and can see that some of the answers are possibly to do with health and weight but she has always been in good health and is not overweight. My girls get egg shells mixed in with their grit daily.



Sometimes she lays the egg without the shell. This morning it was so thin that it broke and she was eating it (something I am keen to stop immediately as she is my only egg layer at the moment!).



Any ideas on what I can do please.



Ta
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#2
For the thin shells try adding some cod liver oil to their feed for once a week. The rippled effect indicates either she has problems laying or she is being disturbed whilst laying.
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#3
When I read the title of the thread my immediate thought was use cod liver oil, but GFM has had the same thought and already told you! <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />
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squizzers
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#4
Great - thanks peeps - got some of that so I will get on to it immediately - will it work the same added to water rather than food or do you advise say mixing it with the pellets and making a mash (just not sure they will eat it as it smells a bit nasty)
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#5
They normally like it but if not you will have to disguise it somehow.



Squizzer we went to the same poultry school i think <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' />
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#6
Good Advice has already been given <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' /> but you can always find more answers [url="http://www.poultrychat.com/forum/index.php?/topic/5466-eggs-top-q-a/"]here[/url].



Another good supplement can be found [url="http://www.poultrychat.com/forum/index.php?/topic/7229-added-calcium/page__p__132745__hl__Limestone%20Flour__fromsearch__1&#entry132745"]here[/url] too



Happy New Year to you too. <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
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#7
[quote name='Sparky' date='02 January 2012 - 11:58 AM' timestamp='1325505535' post='248382']

Great - thanks peeps - got some of that so I will get on to it immediately - will it work the same added to water rather than food or do you advise say mixing it with the pellets and making a mash (just not sure they will eat it as it smells a bit nasty)

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I mix mine in with their wet mash of a morning. If it's just a couple of girls that you have, then soak some pellets add the CLO and then more water until it is a crumbly consistency. They love wet mash (well most chickens do once they know what it is!) and will eat it in preference to pellets. Don't know if we mentioned how much? 1tbs between 10 chooks.
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squizzers
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#8
How old is your hybrid, and how often does she lay?



My hybrid best layer started to lay eggs like this towards the end of her laying, having laid pretty much every day for 2 1/2 years. I keep hybrids for the eggs but it does take it out of them.
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#9
Ah - hybrid must be 2 1/2 years as well. Well if she is coming to end of laying that's fine but I just want to make sure that I am giving her everything she needs. I have put them all on the CLO in pellets and will see if that helps - can't hurt them anyway.



Thanks for all replies.
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#10
Limestone flour can also help, just add it along with the clo. If you need some let me know, I have a huge tub of it and would be happy to post you some <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
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#11
[quote name='ScarlettBuffy' date='03 January 2012 - 09:38 AM' timestamp='1325583508' post='248410']

Limestone flour can also help, just add it along with the clo. If you need some let me know, I have a huge tub of it and would be happy to post you some <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />

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I worry about limestone flour - I know it's helped some, but surely it must unbalance the amount of limestone in the feed - it is added already. Vaguely in the back of my mind, I've read somewhere that adding it can make matters worse in the egg shell department.



As I said, it's a personal thing! <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />
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squizzers
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#12
Generally the problem isnt lack of calcium its a vit D defiency that causes the problem, vit D helps the body absorb calcium which is essential for good shells. CLO is a good source of vit D which is why it quite often rectifies soft shells.
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#13
[quote name='gamefowlman' date='03 January 2012 - 02:17 PM' timestamp='1325600271' post='248419']

Generally the problem isnt lack of calcium its a vit D defiency that causes the problem, vit D helps the body absorb calcium which is essential for good shells. CLO is a good source of vit D which is why it quite often rectifies soft shells.

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There now! I knew there was a reason why! <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/hysterical3.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':hysterical' /> thanks GFM!
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squizzers
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#14
[quote name='Squizzers' date='03 January 2012 - 03:35 PM' timestamp='1325604932' post='248424']

There now! I knew there was a reason why! <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/hysterical3.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':hysterical' /> thanks GFM!

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A little light reading for you all <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' /> can be found [url="http://www.smallstock.info/info/health/poult-nutrit.htm"]here on Vit D[/url] <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
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#15
Cheers zenith good info there.
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