Hi, I'm a newbie - so really sorry if I'm breeching any posting ettiquette here.
I've had 3 ex-battery hens for a couple of months. They all seem to be happy and bouncy, and at first all laid fine.
For the last month or so my tattiest little hen seems to be having problems. She's always laid healthy eggs around 65 - 70 grams, but now she's laying 75 - 80 gram eggs with terrible shells.
I've been putting calcium powder in her mash, and for a few days she laid smaller eggs with good shells, but now she's back to asteroids again.
Is there anything I can do to help her out a bit? Anything I can do to help her keep her eggs small and more manageable for her?
She's obviously been bottom of the pecking order and had a rotten time in her battery cage, but now she's feathering up nicely and gaining weight. I wondered whether this feathering spurt and weight gain could be causing the egg problems?
Any ideas very gratefully appeciated!