Post #91

When chickens don’t eat enough grit

1st January 2004, early evening | Comments (10)

Squishy eggs:

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  1. Colin D. Devroe:

    Admit it, you've been playing cricket!

    Posted 1 hour, 19 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  2. Dunstan:

    I'm innocent of egg abuse! :op

    I think it got squished a bitby my mum, it's really ever so soft.

    Sometimes the eggs are so soft they don't even have a shell to speak of - just a thick membrane. They're very odd - like a balloon filled with water.

    Posted 6 hours, 28 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Colin D. Devroe
  3. KHAM:

    if the egg shell is thin or not present then there could not be enough calcium in the chickens food. feed them with egg shells or carotts that should help.

    german -> poor english

    Posted 21 hours, 54 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  4. McChris:

    Khams right about the calcium thing - the same thing happens to bone formation and strength in humans when calcium deficient...However, on what to feed chickens deficient in calcium I haven't a clue mate...their not really the sort of birds I like spending time with.

    Although a lack of dietary calcium is the main cause of Calcium deficiency in Chickens it can also be brought on by chronic or excessive egg laying (do you use artificial light with your chickens?).

    Posted 22 hours, 11 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  5. Dunstan:

    Thanks guys, I know it's a calcium deficiency, and it rarely happens because they get lots of good food, grit to eat, plenty of vegetables, and as much sunlight as our cloudy skys can offer - but sometimes one still goes funny and lays a wobbler.

    We're not a battery farm or anything, we just have about forty birds of various breeds pottering about, doing what they want and laying our breakfast eggs :o)

    Posted 22 hours, 16 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ KHAM, ↑ McChris
    Inspired: ↓ Colin D. Devroe
  6. McChris:


    Do any of your chickens lay bacon and sausages too...?????

    Posted 22 hours, 19 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  7. Dunstan:

    Afraid not, that'd be the rare Venezuelan Breakfast Chicken that you're thinking of.

    We just have bantams, silkies and beautiful french hens.

    Posted 22 hours, 24 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ McChris
    Inspired: ↓ Andy Moseley
  8. Colin D. Devroe:

    Now I'm hungry, thanks! I was beginning to think that I would try to lose a few pounds (or stones) this New Year. But that lasted all of about 12 hours!

    Posted 23 hours, 38 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
  9. Will:

    We feed back to the chickens we had all their egg shells (after crushing) and their shells sometimes where so thick you could drop the egg off of the kitchen counter and they would not break. We always had a hard time breaking them. We had one hen thought that occasionally laid an ege without a shell??!! It was an egg in a bag?? Give it a try.

    Posted 1 day, 21 hours after the fact
  10. Andy Moseley:

    We have a wide variety of different breeds, but where do you get your French Hens from, and are they true breed French Morans. I would be very interested to buy some myself.

    Posted 1 month after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan

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