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Friday, June 24, 2011

Insert Sad Face Here. . . . . . :> (

I was out shopping with my sister yesterday and we had been talking about our chickens and roosters.   We were excited that we might be able to have some baby chicks running around the homestead in a few weeks. When I got back, the first thing I did after literally "dropping" my groceries on the floor was to go out and check on Gena and her eggs.  To my surprise, this is what I found. . . . 
What I think happened was, when she laid her own egg today, it landed on one of the donor eggs, cracked , and she ate it.  :> (  Remember the other day when C. brought those two eggs over and they cracked when she took them out of the box?  I believe it is because their shells are too thin.

Calcium is the primary mineral that makes up eggshells and when not supplied in the diet, the hen does not have the basic materials needed to make the shell. The egg shell thins when calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D3 are not provided in diets at adequate levels. It is seen more often during periods of hot weather because calcium is conserved and retained within the hen's body less efficiently.  We mix about 2 pounds of oyster shells to every 50 pounds of 16% layer ration and our egg shells are perfect!

Now getting back to the cracked egg, I have to tell you. . . . .cracked eggs and chickens just don't mix.  Once they get into a habit of eating them, it can be very hard to break them of it. Chickens do not naturally eat eggs, but there are certain causes that can incite them to do so.  Here is a list of some major causes and some suggestions provided by MSUCares.com
  • If shells of the eggs are thin and weak, provide proper diets to correct the problem.
  • Not enough nest space is provided. Provide at least one standard nest for each four hens.
  • Keep plenty of soft nesting material in the nest so eggs will have a cushion on which to lay.
  • Collect the eggs more regularly, at least 2 or 3 times daily. The longer the eggs remain in the nest, the greater chance of breakage and consumption.
  • Provide plenty of clean, fresh drinking water. Hens need greater amounts of water than other birds and may consume their eggs for the liquid content.
Even though we are not having the best of luck so far, "WE SHALL PERSEVERE!"  Well, that is as long as Grace and KF don't mind giving us eggs!  :> )


Tina said...
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Tina said...

Very informative post! I don't have chickens or roosters, but I'd sure love to! One day....
Good information to know for when they day comes! I learn something new every day! :-)

Anonymous said...

I thot that chicken eggs had to be under CONSTANT heat otherwise they would not develop? Is your sis keeping them warm between her place and yours? :) I hope your experiment works - have you ever suceeded doing this?
Love you ... Bevy

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