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Why are my egg shells so thick?  When you break them you always have to pick little pieces out of the bowl.  I feed them layer pellets and throw in a cup of scratch daily.  They have grit all the time.

2 RIR, 1 BA, 1 Delaware, 1 LB, 1 BO & 1 BR Hen.
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Part of it may be that the eggs are so fresh, the egg inside has not lost any significant moisture so the membrane has not pulled away from the shell.  I think that is why fresh eggs are so hard to peel when boiled. 

I don't know where you are in Tennessee, but some of that state is limestone country, like the part I grew up in.  If your chickens have access to outside, they are probably picking up the limestone to use as grit and getting a lot of calcium from that.  They also get calcium from the layer pellets.  Thick shells just mean they are getting enough calcium and they have the genetics to process it.

 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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post #3 of 6

My black orpingtons lay a really thick shelled egg, while the others are more normal "thick".  So.. I think part of it can be genetic.
However, I have never put out Oyster shell (until recently) and didn't feed a layer feed and STILL got hard eggs from everyone.

I have decided to attribute it to my hard well water which has a high calcium content.

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Ok thanks. Is there a trick to keep them from being so flaky and hard to peel?

2 RIR, 1 BA, 1 Delaware, 1 LB, 1 BO & 1 BR Hen.
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2 RIR, 1 BA, 1 Delaware, 1 LB, 1 BO & 1 BR Hen.
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post #5 of 6

Let them sit in the fridge for a week or two~it works miracles on hard-to-peel eggs!

Well, I only bring it up because, uh, it's you. You're the Rocket Man.
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Well, I only bring it up because, uh, it's you. You're the Rocket Man.
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post #6 of 6

I found a method on a previous thread that has worked great for me. I wish I could remember who to credit for it.

1. Bring water to a boil.
2. Add your eggs (even fresh ones.)
3. Boil eggs for 14 minutes.
4. Place boiled eggs in sink or bowl filled with ice and water--Spoon them out, don't pour them in hot water and all.
5. Peel you easy peel eggs.

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