Siamese eggs (shell less of course)

1234carlosApril 6, 2014

Some time ago I posted reporting a "rare" event: three shell less eggs in one day. Several member answered. Thank you all.
Most likely causes:
1) Lack of Ca: The eggs, when shelled, have an extraordinary strong shell.
2) Inappropriate nutrition: I am giving them pellets for laying hens (May I say the brand in this forum?) and oysters shell. Besides lots of greens from my garden (100% organic): spinach, beets, collards, kale... you name it.
3) Inappropriate housing: The coop is 8'X3'X8' half open in one side. The coop is securely closed after they perched and open very early in the morning. The chickens enjoy an area of more than 600 square feet.

With this flock, all of them ameraucanas, the frequency of shell less is more than once a week.
Now, I have had chickens before and have seen shell less eggs and dwarf eggs from time to time. But I have never seen this kind of siamese phenomenon nor this high frequency of shell less eggs. Have any of you? Do ameraucanas have this kind of problem?

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plantloverkat north Houston(zone 9a)

I'm afraid that I can't help you with your problem, but we had ameraucanas when I was growing up. I was the main egg collector, and I don't remember ever seeing shell less eggs. So unless the breed is different today than it used to be, I don't think that the breed is prone to this problem. Hopefully someone else can give you some helpful ideas.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 6:33PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

I've been watching the threads on this subject with interest hoping there would be a solution to the problem. Since the condition is so unusual I'm wondering if it might be a genetic disorder. If you purchased the chicks at the same time they may be related or even from the same hen. Keep us posted.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 10:25AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

I googled "shell less chicken eggs genetic causes" and this came up. You may have already seen it, but it not, see below.

I do hope it is not genetics and the situation improves.

Here is a link that might be useful: Many causes of shell less eggs including genetics ...

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 12:36PM
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