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We’ve got a problem in the coop.  For the past three days, someone’s been laying soft-shelled eggs, or perhaps no-shell eggs.  Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference.

close up of soft shelled chicken eggI have no idea who it is.  It could be any one of them.  Today, I found a good egg in the nesting box, but I’m having trouble deciphering if it’s Liesl’s or Scruffy’s.  And for all I know, the soft-shell/no-shell eggs could be coming from Ginger.

What I do know is that they are laid in the middle of coop, perhaps even dropped from the roost.  They look like balloons.  And I’m glad they are coming out of the chicken instead of getting stuck inside.

soft shelled chicken eggThe girls always have access to crushed oyster shells, and we feed them a layer ration that is supposed to cover their calcium needs.  I’m not sure what else to do.

I’ll try adding some more protein and calcium to their diet by giving them a mixture of oatmeal, yogurt, sardines and crushed egg shells for the next three or four days.  One of the many awesome things about chickens is that they process food so fast, a change in diet can have a positive effect in a very short period of time.

SardinesThis combo doesn’t sound at all appealing to me, but the girls gobbled it up like little pigs as soon as I put it in the run this morning.

Crushed egg shells Fingers crossed that this works!