Why do my chickens lay soft eggs?

What a strange surprise to discover soft eggs in your chicken coop for the first time! What is happening to your chickens? This unusual and strange phenomenon leaves you without an explanation and raises countless questions. Don’t panic! Every farmer or private owner of beautiful chickens has noticed an irregular laying of their flock. Let’s take a look at soft eggs, with soft, crumpled or no shells!

My chickens lay their first eggs

The shell of the egg is intended to protect it from bacteria and other germs. In this case, it is strongly advised not to eat it. Better a lost egg than one that makes you sick. When young Chickens lay their first eggs, they make their first attempts with or without success. That’s why you may find a few soft eggs in the nest. This is because the Chicken’s organism is just starting to work and needs to get used to its motor function. Conversely, aging hens may also have this difficulty laying eggs.

My chickens are calcium deficient

Your chickens have a calcium deficiency due to poor feeding. The diet should be rich in proteins, minerals and vitamins. Make sure you give them organic grain and cereal feed, oyster shells and ground eggshells. This will make their egg production more consistent and delicious.

My chickens are anxious

An attack by a dog, fox or any other predator will inevitably stress your harmless chickens. A lack of hygiene and comfort in their henhouse (parasites), the undesirable presence of a rooster, the heat wave and the moult (stop of laying in winter) are the main factors of an impaired laying. It is therefore important to secure their living space on a daily basis by offering them enough water throughout the day. Of course, they drink a lot because they need to hydrate abundantly to form their eggs which contain 75% water. A shady garden, an earth bath with diatomaceous earth and a laying area away from prying eyes will allow them to fully recharge their batteries.

My chickens are suffering

Are your chickens sick or overweight? Their antibodies are mobilized to heal, which considerably reduces their energy for the creation of the egg. If it is a specific bacterial or viral infection, a visit to the veterinarian is necessary. Chickens are known to be very greedy. They won’t get their fill on their own. You must therefore take care of their weight gain by giving them their seeds at regular times (150 g per chicken per day) and by removing or closing their feeders. Don’t forget that they will constantly scratch your ground looking for insects of all kinds.

Good to know! Eating soft eggs is not recommended. This is a temporary abnormality related to several factors. If it persists, you can consult a veterinarian who will prescribe a basic treatment if necessary. In any case, your chickens and your egg consumption have a bright future ahead of them. Now reassured?