Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thin shells

As you know, the New Hampshire Ladies are laying now, but one of our ladies has been laying very thin-shelled eggs.  So thin, that when she lays them, they often get cracked on their way out, or as the hen steps out of the roosting bin to mingle with her friends.  

We have tried putting crushed oyster shells in there and have been doing that every other day for about two weeks.  Should we do this more often?  Does that even work?  

What have you all done to help with issues like this?  

Granted, they are fairly young hens.  From what I hear, thin shells are fairly common to new layers.  

What are your thoughts? 


  1. It does work, just leave the crushed shell in there for free access. I always keep oyster shells for the girls to snack on and have never had any trouble with thin shells. Enjoy all the fresh eggs :)

    1. That's great to know! I'm hoping that with time, her shells will thicken up. I go out and check on them a few times a day just to make sure eggs don't get crushed and eaten (yikes!), so I'll give them the shells and some scraps to keep them busy too.
      Thanks for your input! :)


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