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Ripples in the shell
#1
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.
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#2
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='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/blink.gif' 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='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />
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#3
I was always led to believe it was stress related......
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#4
I do believe that if they have had infectious bhronchitus or some such it makes them lay wrinkly eggs.
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#5
K9's got it, IB or an infection in the shell gland can cause the problem.
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#6
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.
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#7
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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