Wrinkled eggs

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DrJenner

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We used to buy crushed mussel shells and mix it in the mash for calcium, that's what they said cause wrinkled eggs was a
lack of calcium.
I just purchased some for my hens after reading that article. We used the eggs, 2 were fine and one was more watery but still worked well with the hamburger and panko!
 

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From the article ...... Egg eating is a difficult vice to cure once it starts. .....
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One summer we had some from our flock that were eating eggs in the nest...

To cure this.... I broke open an egg, mixed in a big amount of cayenne pepper... and put the egg in the nest.. Later in the day there were a couple hens sitting in the shade with there wings and feathers fluffed out to cool off.. They went to freezer camp as a sort of pre seasoned soup ingredient....

After taking those 2 out of the flock, there was no more trouble.. With that in mind we never feed egg shell as oyster shell is cheap compared to egg loss..

Finely crushed egg shell goes into the compost layer of our raised bed gardens...
 

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Folks around here have always made crushed shell available but not in the feed. The chickens do pretty at getting some when they need it, at the rate they can. It is possible to over feed hens calcium, it's in my one book on chickens also.

Edit to add, I once had crows raiding my nest boxes. Caught them at it twice. Finally hung up loops of neon fishing line, crows hate having their wings touched.
 
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I found this tonight, took a while to find. The big egg is an older hen, big for the typical isa brown. The little egg is the first egg from a batch of isa chicks I'd raised that spring.

This old hen often lays odd eggs, all sorts of defects, even wrinkled. She has all the oyster shell she wants. Seen this sort of thing few times.

First eggs 15jul20 (2)a.JPG
 

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I do not know, so I looked it up. Had chicken running free on the farm for twenty years, never saw a winkled egg that I can recall.
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