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Ripples in the shell
Hi everyone.

Does anybody have any idea why 1 or possibly more of my hens have started laying eggs with very rippley shells.

I get atleast 1 a week and have done for about a month now.

My girls are in seemingly perfect health.

All advice greatfully received.
I am wracking my brains about this one - I'm sure I read about the causes of this and was a bit surprised at the time (that in itself should have made the information stick in the little grey cells! <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='blink' /> ) but cannot for the life of me remember what it was. I know it wasn't the obvious lack of calcium or grit, it was something else! will have a scratch through my bedtime reading from the past week and see what I come up with! But I am sure someone else will be along shortly with the answer! <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />
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I was always led to believe it was stress related......
I do believe that if they have had infectious bhronchitus or some such it makes them lay wrinkly eggs.
K9's got it, IB or an infection in the shell gland can cause the problem.
My Rosie went through a spell of laying rippley eggs, akin to giant walnuts!! We still get the odd one now - but her shells continue to be very thin. This could be related perhaps??? She seems quite well though.
Rippled eggs are also a sign of a fat hen, as the egg is formed it passes along the oviduct, the internal fat forms ripples on the shell, try restricting your hens to layers pellets only with a little (20g per bird) of corn in the late afternoon and no other treats and see if that helps.

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