Congratulations on your first egg! It can be bad for them to eat the eggs only because it can get to be a habit. LOTS of good nutrients for them though at the same time. I do let mine have it once in a while. They beat me to it sometimes so what's left to clean up isn't much. I just try not to let them get away with it very often. Mine too are on layer feed, only the crumble version. Tried the pellets and mine would barely touch it. They'd pull out the itty bitty pieces, scatter the rest, walk away and never eat it. Went back to crumble after that one bag. Some have their preferences. Just have to try and see what they like. Maybe try a small bag first.
Once again I'm new at this...I have one out of 14 that lays a soft shell??? When the others started laying a few of them also had soft shells but now they are regular. I feed mine the layers crumbles too. It says it has everything they need to lay. So maybe its just because its their first? Maybe?? Jen Oh and mine all scramble to eat it before I can get it from them...good to know its OK
Make sure they have plenty of calcium in their diet. You could add oyster grit to their feed. Also, save your egg shells, clean them thoroughly and bake them in the oven until they are really well done and then grind them up and add to their feed. A good way of recycling and keeping costs down.
Congrats! That first egg is so exciting! I'm a beginner, too, just a few months of mistake after mistake. LOL I have 5 hens of laying age, but have been only getting one egg/day consistently... occasionally 2 eggs (brown eggs from the Wyandottes). But today, I got my first egg from my 3 Americauna's... it is green! Very pretty shade, like an easter egg. Can't wait to see what color eggs the other 2 will lay. ...exciting stuff for us newbies.
Okay, she seems to be laying hard shell eggs in the nesting boxes. But I haven't seen any eggs for at least 3 days. She's a Rhode Island Red, so I thought thats not normal. I've also been seeing a bunch of softies where the roosting area is... Is it the other hens, or the RR?
BarredRock, is that a Speckled Hamburger hen I see hiding under the ramp in your first pic? We have 2, first year their eggs were kinda small and this year they have gotten a little bit bigger. Now they are molten so we haven't gotten an egg in a while!