Yesterday afternoon, Little Dude and I discovered another egg in the laying boxes, leading me to the thought that we now have three laying hens.
This morning, we were up a little early (trying to get back into the groove for Back to School) and as we were saying ‘good-morning’ to our little fluffy butts, I noticed a very fresh, very newly laid soft shelled egg. Fully formed, but wet and rubbery. Yuck.
I am unsure if this is a new hen or one of the ones who have previously laid. It’s too early in the morning to be Abby and it wasn’t in ‘her box.’ (Yes, I realize that’s not a real consideration, but she’s used that same box 11 out of 12 times she’s laid an egg. It’s hers.)
I have been putting layer feed in one of the three feeders we have in the coop, as up until yesterday, I only had the one laying hen, and she only just turned 18 weeks last week. Also, I had a half bag of the grower/finisher left and they like it, so I didn’t want to waste it. I might need to start putting it in a second feeder, I guess.
As Abby has been laying very nice eggs, I didn’t think I would need the oyster shells for a while, but today I set out a bowl of them, just in case. It was immediately ignored in favor of whatever bugs/etc were waiting outside in the grass.
Hopefully, though, whoever laid this egg will be okay and find both the oyster shells and the layer feed to her liking.
Lisa, over at Fresh Eggs Daily, has a really nice post on causes and prevention … but if anyone has any other good tips, or just want to give this sad chicken mama some encouragement, I’d be grateful.
I do feel sad. So did Little Dude. Nothing dampens your spirits like a rubbery egg. 😦