all of the sudden dirty eggs?....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frizzleman74, May 23, 2011.

  1. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    Fairfield County
    i have a RIR and a bantam frizzle. All of the sudden my eggs from the RIR have been dirty. its just them in the coop and they have a roost, which they do perch in at night. Its only the RIR eggs that look like they have poop/ dirt on them, not the frizzle. Its not that dirty but its definitely noticeable and not as clean as they were before, any suggestions on why this could be? thanks
  2. ralleia

    ralleia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2011
    Omaha, NE
    Are you collecting eggs frequently (or early enough) in the day?

    If we collect our eggs in the early afternoon, they are mostly clean, but if we wait until late evening--it's a poopfest.
  3. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

    Mar 4, 2009
    Broodyland, TN
    My Coop
    Check her butt....maybe she has some poop built up on her feathers that is getting on the eggs.
  4. mikeschick

    mikeschick Out Of The Brooder

    May 22, 2011
    Colorado Springs
    If you wouldn't mind... what is RIR and Frizzle? (newbie.) [​IMG]
  5. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Maybe this is obvious, but I get dirty eggs when I have a broody or thinking-about-getting-broody hen who wants to sleep in or near a nest. Or for whatever reason, some chicken decides to take up nighttime residence in or near a nest. If I don't move her back onto the roost every night until she gives it up, the nests can get pretty nasty. (A true broody rarely soils the nest, though.) That's been my main problem in keeping eggs clean. It helps to have nests a distance from the hen door (so if it's muddy out, she loses a little of that mud crossing the floor before she gets into the nest) and, also, your roosts should be higher than the nests so that they aren't inclined to sleep in the nests instead of on the roosts.
  6. Nic&Chickies

    Nic&Chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2010
    New Britain, CT
    M-C [​IMG]
    RIR is Rhode Island Red. Frizzle is the name of another breed, which I'm not personally familiar with -- I think they're one of the feather-headed, feather-footed types. Check the Breeds section here on the BYC site.
    I still haven't figured out if there is a "breed initial dictionary" on the forum. Long-timers?
  7. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    Fairfield County
    Thanks for all the input!
  8. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Quote:RIR is Rhode Island Red, and Frizzle is a chicken with curly feathers.....

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