Solutions to soft-shelled eggs
MOST CHICKEN owners will have come across soft-shelled eggs at one time or another. You go to collect your clever chickens’ eggs and as you pick one up it breaks in your hand because the shell was so thin. Omlet, which sells a range of fantastic coops, accessories and healthrelated products for chickens, has some advice on what to do if you encounter this problem.
“Hybrid chickens tend to lay more soft shelled eggs than other breeds of chicken. The odd soft-shelled egg is nothing to worry about and is fairly common,” says Johannes Paul, director at Omlet. “However, if one of your chickens is regularly laying a soft or shell-less egg then there may be something wrong with her diet.
“The most common reason for soft-shelled eggs is a lack of calcium — 95% of an egg shell is made from calcium, so it is very important that your chickens have lots in their diet,” continues Johannes. “You can ensure that this is the case by giving them grit containing oyster shells. If you have a constant supply out for them to peck at, then your chickens should eat the amount they require.
“If you have been feeding your hens a few too many treats, this could also be the reason, as the more treats you feed your hens, the less they will eat their layers’ pellets, which is where they obtain all their important protein and calcium from and which is so essential for their wellbeing.
“Soft-shelled eggs can be a sign of stress from other underlying health problems, such as parasites or diseases. Therefore, if adding more calcium to their diet and feeding them less treats doesn’t work, keep a watchful eye on the hen(s) to try and figure out what else could be causing the problem.” For more information on Omlet, visit www. omlet.co.uk.