Let’s talk about egg shell problems for a minute. For people starting out with chickens, it can be a daunting endeavor. If you have never raised an animal before it is very easy to become overwhelmed when faced with the realization that you are solely responsible for a living organism.
- Am I feeding them too much?
- Am I feeding them not enough?
- What the heck is bumble foot?
- Who is eating all those eggs?
- Why is her comb drooping?
One of the easiest ways to pinpoint feed deficiencies, illness, age of the bird, stress level, etc. is to look at what they spend their whole life doing, making eggs.
Alltech Poultry Advantage put together a great pdf of the twenty most common eggshell problems and the underlying conditions that cause them. Click the picture to make bigger.
One word of warning, chickens are a gateway animal to being a full blown addict. The next thing you know you’ll be sneaking in pigs and goats in the middle of the night. Good luck!