Egg Drop Syndrome

If you have a serious problem with thin-shelled or shell-less eggs, or a marked reduction in egg production, then you could be dealing with EGG DROP SYNDROME. I would not worry about the occasional thin-shelled or shell-less egg that comes at either the beginning or the end of the...

How to Increase Hatching Success in your Chickens

I’ve had both the good fortune of good fertility and a great hatch during a year that seemed disappointing for others, and the opportunity to study some of the latest methods used in the commercial poultry industry to increase their HATCHING SUCCESS. Since this topic comes up frequently through...

Egg Binding

EGG BINDING is a serious disorder that most commonly affects a young hen when laying her first egg, but can affect any hen at any time. Some cases are so severe that the only possible solution is surgical, and can result in a complete hysterectomy. This would require the...

When Should I Start my Hens on Oyster Shell?

Oyster shell should never be given to young hens before egg production since calcium overdose may cause kidney damage. Only hens in production should be provided a calcium supplement such as oyster shell, and even then there is some debate on how much. If you feel small ‘bumps’ on...