The Cottage Smallholder


stumbling self sufficiency in a small space

Avatar

Please consider registering
guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
New to chicken keeping!
Mon 2-May-11
9:45 am
Avatar
Bluebelle13
Hampton,Middlesex
New Member
Members
Forum Posts: 1
Member Since:
Mon 2-May-11
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi am new to chicken keeping but am really enjoying it !!

I have 3 hens and yes they're all named and as if by magic on Friday the day of the Royal Wedding I was presented with 2 eggs! I also get a soft shelled egg everyday,today it is completely egg shaped so am i on the way to a fully formed hard egg?
My chickens have access to grit every day,they run around in the garden and we feed them chicken pellet food too. I also think that only 2 out the 3 hens are laying as one should be laying blue eggs!  

Any advice would be gratefully received smile

Mon 2-May-11
10:28 am
Avatar
Hattie
Bucks/Oxon Border

Supreme Being
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 6920
Member Since:
Mon 21-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi Sarah & welcome to the forum......it's fun & informative here as well as very friendly.

I suspect that all three of your chickens are laying as it is extremely unusual for a hen to lay 2 eggs a day ( & certainly not daily). I think the soft shelled eggs are laid by the girl who is supposed to lay blue tinted eggs.

Try to buy a bag of crushed oyster shell or feed the shells of your used eggs back to the hens to give them a little more help in the first few weeks.

Good luck with your hens, they are endlessly entertaining to have around.

Nadine/aka Hattie

 

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

Mon 30-May-11
7:46 pm
Avatar
johnmcc
Norfolk UK

Senior Class
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 27
Member Since:
Tue 20-Jul-10
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I have one hen who will lay a soft shelled egg a couple of times a fortnight whatever I feed her.  She has access to oyster shell, grit, she eats layers' pellets as well as a (very) mixed diet.  I just think that occasionally this happens.  The saving grace is that in the same fortnight she will lay 7 or 8 big brown eggs as well.

What's wrong with the politics of envy, anyway?

Mon 30-May-11
11:33 pm
Avatar
Terrier
York

Supreme Being
Members

New members
Forum Posts: 4518
Member Since:
Tue 22-Sep-09
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

The one I've heard is to roast your used shells (when you next have the cooker on), then grind them up and mixback in with their food.

Forum Timezone: Europe/London

Most Users Ever Online: 262

Currently Online:
30 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

brightspark: 10485

danast: 10232

Aly: 9421

Sooliz: 7980

Hattie: 6920

Ambersparkle: 6665

JoannaS: 4800

Terrier: 4518

eileen54: 4396

Xahha: 4231

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 9

Members: 15372

Moderators: 2

Admins: 2

Forum Stats:

Groups: 6

Forums: 25

Topics: 2244

Posts: 122511

Newest Members:

Michael68, gbalychik, nesrupulbingfa, euiuloru, aletajewah, ricktorilomquai

Moderators: Toffeeapple: 16217, AdminTA: 10

Administrators: fn: 321, Danny: 5514


Copyright © 2006-2012 Cottage Smallholder      Our Privacy Policy      Advertise on Cottage Smallholder