Just posted the same contents on Backyard Chicken, but I wanted feedback as many as possible, so I would like to post my question here as well.
Our hens are producing wrinkly eggs.
Lately, our hens started producing strange-looking eggs. They come with wrinkles and the shells are super hard. There is nothing wrong inside. I just wanted to see if we are doing something wrong to our hens or if they are sick.
We've been feeding egg lay pellets (crumbled), scratch, flock raiser, oyster shells, and lately to help molting, feather growing food. These wrinkled eggs shells are super hard, but sometimes, they lay eggs with very thin. Just wanted to know if this is a strange thing and if so, what can I do to help? Besides the normal chicken feed, they get lettuce, tomatoes, corns, carrots, cucumbers, warm oatmeal, cooked rice, and dried mealworms. Any advise would be helpful.
A friend of mine who had a house in East Mountain area gave us her hens. She had them for 2-3 years before they came to us on Labor Day last year, so they are now 3-4 years old. Are they becoming old for laying eggs?
Thanks for your input, Brenda.
A friend of mine informed me about a possibility of infectious bronchitis - supposed producing wrinkled eggs is one of symptoms. But our hens are not coughing, sneezing, or having runny nose. I plan to take them to the vet if this persists, but I saw some posting on bronchitis that giving them antibiotic helped.
As I think of it, it may started happening when we decided to put straw inside of the coop area where we used to have dirt only. I heard laying straw would make easier to clean just gather straw along with poops. But I wonder that wasn't a good thing?? I try to give them oyster shells but I don't think they like it much. If I think of anything, it might be too much protein. I am going to research more. Thank you!
how much, is too much calcium? Someone warned about too much as I researched chicken care.
The person who gave us her hens told me that she never gave oyster shells to her hens. All she gave were lay pellets, scratch, and kitchen scrap. But her eggs were strong and nicely shaped. I try to give mine oyster shells, but they don't seem to care for them. So I really don't think I am giving a lot or too much calcium.
They were going through molting so I have been giving them more proteins but I am wondering if there is such a thing too much protein?
I have been reading this article, it is very interesting.