Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bad Egg UPDATE--


Hi All! Thanks so much for the feed back about my 'bad egg'-- the crazy looking one.









I've done some research myself and am thinking like everyone else it's a calcium deficiency. I had been pretty diligent to give them crushed eggshells before, but I guess dealing with the NUGGETS and having them ALL free ranging IN THE SAME AREAS-  I forgot about doing this. 100_0491
Too much calcium for young chickens can also create problems with their kidneys and do damage I was trying to avoid. So now I'm back to putting it in the chicken coop only.

I believe I've narrowed it down to who may be the culprit of the 'thin shelled' eggs. It's Gracie; the other half to my pair-  George and Gracie. She is the smallest of my Barred Rock chickens, although I got her at the same time and she HAS GIVEN EGGS BEFORE with no problems. She's been laying in the box a lot. At times her comb seems a little pale too. I am not so sure that the missing feathers is molt as much as it's just George being aggressive.


Here she is on a good day! 

The Grace of the LORD Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Philippians 4:23 

8 comments:

Vera @ Cozy Little Cabin said...

Glad you've figured out what the problem is.

Shame on George. . . . those roosters need to let up a bit on the girls, huh? ;)

Treasures Evermore said...

I find that giving them oyster shells works the best.

Clint Baker said...

It good to figure out your issues, lol!

KarenSue Farash said...

I always thought I would like to have chickens but I think I have a lot to learn. They sure are cute!!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

SO much to learn. When to do this or that. I am always studying up. Do you use oyster shell?

Melanie said...

I give my girls egg shells too. Had notice yesterday that a couple of the eggs were thin shelled. Guess that it is time for some oyster shells!

shannon i olson said...

Say goodnight Gracie.
If I had a farm I would try a few chickens, I would love to have bees ans a goat to make goat cheese, but alas they would frown upon it here in town. I hope the eggs get a thicker shell!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Trying to figure out the right combo for chickens is not easy! We just got four a few weeks ago and are still experimenting. Good luck!