Over the past few sunny day's we are finding more egg's in area's outside the nesting area's, is that normal, it would appear we now have four hen's laying, but one is laying in the "Outdoor entertaining area" under the feeder's...............
During the last week or so my 7 Plymouth Rock hen's have started to lay, I'm guessing that it's the sunny day's we have had during the same period, in the last 3 day's we have gone from 3 egg's a day to 6 (Today), the only issue i have is that the shell's are really thick & hard to break, the egg's themselve's are very yummy & bright orange, but the hardness of the shell is concerning me, is this the norm, or am I not feeding them right.... Also, the membrane inside the shell is fairly hard to break, (As opposed to supermarket egg's)...........
One of my Plymouth Rock hen's is worrying me, she's kind of crouched down with her tail tucked under her & wing's half pushed out, when she walk's it's as if she's shuffling along,also,she seem's to be pushing her stomach forward, is it likely that she's eggbound, & if so, what can I do for her.
Sorry noone has replyed , how is your hen ? I have heard that placeing the abdomen in warm water helps if egg bound . the thick shells is normal for pullets that have not been long in lay , also remember that supermarket eggs are already a few weeks old when you get them
Thank's cannakid, sorry i have not been on the forum for a while ,we have a lot going on at the moment,sadly,3 of my hen's are in the same situation now,im pretty frustrated that i dont know enough about our feathered buddy's to help them out,however i guess it's the only way i can learn more about them................
Now 4 0f my hen's are in the same situation & i'm damned if i can work it out,they are walking with their head's held high & tail's dragging along the ground & are wadling along like duck's with their stomach pushed forward,they are still laying & have healthy appertite's,can some-one suggest what's ailing them,I have looked in several chook book's but,as of yet cant locate their symptom's, I am getting very worried that I cant locate the problem.
Did you end up worming them ? a good wormer is avitol plus they would need 2 tablets each and repeated in 14 days time if you haven't done so. it could be a stomach upset as well but should be over it by now. are the ones walking like penguins still laying?
Hi Cannakid,yes we wormed them about a month ago, but,I will do it again,I will get my partner to try & post a picture of them, they are still laying & appear to be happy enough,but about a week ago 3 of the 4 hen's were suffering "Dirty Pant's"but this seem's to have virtually gone now, thank's so much for your imput,it's a huge learning curve for me/us.
I change their water every day as the rooster chooses to use it as a foot spa I re wormed them again last night (liquid wormer) I had obtained before your recomendation of the tablet form, I guess all I can do is wait it out & see if it work's, thank's again for your help cannakid.....................
I will go & add some honey to their water right now,I just went to collect the egg's from the nesting box & found an egg fully formed yet without a hard shell,just a soft membrain holding it all together ??do you think it is relavent to my hen's situation/health.
Thank-you cannakid,all I can do now is sit it out & see what happen's,I have (Hopefully) some new chick's due on the 1st of October (in my new incubator) so i am making a few new coop's for them in readyness, thank's again for your valuble help........
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