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A thin shelled egg is one that has such a thin shell that it may crack or break when picked up. A soft shelled egg is one that has the shell either totally missing or resembling a fine soft membrane.

Soft shelled or thin shelled eggs are usually caused by a lack of calcium in the diet that oyster grit and shell will naturally correct.

A typical egg shell contains around 6 grams of calcium carbonate and adequate daily supplies are needed. The laying hen has a particular requirement for calcium at the time when the egg is in the shell gland.

The shell gland is the part of the oviduct which is responsible for shell formation. The oviduct is a long tube-like organ in the hen which accepts the yolk after ovulation and is responsible for the remainder of the egg formation process.

If calcium supplies are not maintained, then shells will become progressively thinner and egg production may decline or cease. Temporary thinning of the egg shell may occur during periods of high temperature (above 25 Degree Celcius) if feed intake is reduced.

Coated shells

Additional calcium may be deposited on to some eggs, causing calcium splashing or a pink or lilac-coloured egg. Typically these faults are caused by the egg remaining in the shell gland for an extended period. Often young flocks just coming into production are susceptible to this, and any stresses or disturbances at the time when the egg is due to be laid will encourage the bird to retain the egg.


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HEN OYSTER GRIT 25KGS

HEN OYSTER GRIT 25KGS

The grit helps grind down the food the hens eat because as everyone knows, chickens don't have teeth (hence the term "as rare as hens teeth"!). Chickens need to eat grit to help digest their food. If your hens free-range then it's likely that they already get enough grit in their diet, though if they are contained you should provide some grit (it's often sold in pet shops as grit for pet birds or pigeons). Hens also need enough calcium in their diet - they use calcium to form the shells on their eggs so if they calcium deficient you will get soft eggs, rubbery eggs or even eggs with no shell. You should provide oyster grit in their pen or put some in a small food bowl. This will help them lay hard-shelled eggs and is an essential part of their diet. Some all in one feeds such as certain layers-pellets will already contain a supplement of oyster grit, so it's worth checking.


JONDO MIXED POULTRY GRIT 2.5KGS

JONDO MIXED POULTRY GRIT 2.5KGS

Chickens need to eat grit to help digest their food. The grit helps grind down the food the hens eat because as everyone knows, chickens don't have teeth (hence the term "as rare as hens teeth"!). If your hens free-range then it is likely that they already get enough grit in their diet, though if they are contained you should provide some grit (it's often sold in pet shops as grit for pet birds or pigeons).


JONDO MIXED POULTRY GRIT 25KGS

JONDO MIXED POULTRY GRIT 25KGS

10 times the amount of the small bag at 4 times the price. Scatter some in the run for the chickens to scratch in.


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