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    • CommentAuthormollybear
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 11:02am (Mar 26th 2010)
     
    hello
    i have 6 hybrid chickens free range in my garden, they are absolutely wonderful! we have never kept chickens before but they are our first step towards a more self sufficient lifestyle. veg patch in progress! i vivited this website in search of an explanantion to 'runny poos!' and thankfully have realised that this is normal and that we don't have a sick chook. i do have another querey though - one chicken (i'm not sure which chicken) has recently laid 2 white, soft shelled eggs. they are usually a light buff colour through to our dark eggs from our blues. so they are quite out of the ordinary and just worried that one is poorly. they look happy and healthy enough - so nothing different when looking at them.
    can anyone help?
    thanks :)
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 11:09am (Mar 26th 2010)
     
    :welcome:Mollybear to the friendly hencam clan. We are from all over(I live in Australia) and we all have a varied assortment of pets.

    ha ha 'runny poos' is a 'running' joke on here, Dianne's favourite topic, I think there is a thread with that title.

    I dont have hens at present but have heard the soft shells can be lack of calcium in diet if it keeps happening. Sometimes it's a one off glitch.

    Red is great at advice as are some other hancammers so check back and they will no doubt add more to help.
    • CommentAuthormollybear
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 11:15am (Mar 26th 2010)
     
    thats fantastic - thanks for the warm welcome! and glad to be part of the clan.
    yes i saw the runny poo thread!! very funny
    i will keep and eye on the chooks and see if the soft shell persists!
    is it advisable to have a vet look at the chickens annually?
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 11:24am (Mar 26th 2010)
     
    Red would say yes, I belive it also helps the birds get used to being handled so when they are really sick they may not be so nervous. Apparently it can be difficuly finding a vet experienced with hens.

    If you read back on some of the posts or henblog on home page re Milly a much loved white hen who passed recently, and owned by Red and her dad Neil you will see what wonderful people they are and how respected they are by all of us who use this forum. We can enjoy the antics of Penny and Tilly and the cam is a fun way to keep track of them both.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 1:13pm (Mar 26th 2010) edited
     
    Hello Mollybear. Welcome to the politest forum on the web.
    I don't have any hens but I'm in the middle of England (roughly), you can see my home if you click on "Googlemapdirectory" at the top of every page. Would you put a pin somewhere around where you live? It's fun knowing the areas all us "Hencammers" live in.

    Trevsmum What are you doing out of bed at this time of the clock?
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 6:19pm (Mar 26th 2010)
     
    Ollie I went out again for another birthday tea, I am a spoilt girl, a friend has her birthday this weekend so we share our celebrations and I just had to check hencam:cute-chick: before bed at midnight.
    Now I am up again and it's only 5am, no I didnt drink too much (only one glass of bubbley):drinkparty: but I was hot and couldn't sleep.:crazy:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 7:17pm (Mar 26th 2010)
     
    Only one glass of bubbly??? Well that's why youcouldn't sleep, cherub!
    Welcome to the henouse/madhouse, Molly!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 8:25pm (Mar 26th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hello Mollybear, welcome again!

    I think it's great you have chickens, they make such lovely pets and companions.

    Yes, runny poo is usually nothing to worry about, unless all the poops are runny or the birds are showing other signs of illness. In the 'Look But Don't Leave' thread there is a useful link to a site specifically about chicken poo's (that sounds very odd!)...not sure if you've seen it yet, but it's useful to remember in case you are ever worried about an odd-looking poo! :bigsmile:

    As for soft-shelled eggs, they're genenerally nothing to worry about. How old are your girls?

    Soft-shelled eggs are particularly common at the beginning or end of a laying cycle (for example, at the start of winter when the chucks stop laying, or at the beginning of the year (such as now) when they are beginning to lay again). Also POL (point of lay) pullets quite often lay soft-shelled eggs when they are first getting used to laying eggs.

    They can also be caused by the birds not getting enough calcium, although this is less often the case. You can add calcium-rich foods to their diets such as yoghurt (which is very beneficial to chickens anyway, and they seem to enjoy it!), cat-food (not as a staple part of their diet but as an odd treat), oyster shells etc

    What do you feed your girls?

    Sorry for the mammoth info-loaded post! Hope at least some of it is helpful :wink:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 10:51pm (Mar 26th 2010)
     
    Welcome Mollybear! Just out of curiosity, did you google runny poo to get some advice and find hencam?!