Are early pullet eggs safe to eat?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RidgesideBeauty, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. RidgesideBeauty

    RidgesideBeauty Out Of The Brooder

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    I have young pullets which have just come into laying. The egg shells are relatively thin, and I candled them for curiousity-sake, and noticed that many of these early eggs have very large pores. I've read that eggs with large pores are not likely to hatch if fertlie and incubated, but do the large pores have any implications for being safe/unsafe to eat,? Also same sort of issue with the thin shells... as long as they are intact (no thin cracks, just large pores), are these safe? Thanks!

    M.T.
     
  2. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heck yes, eat them all. You will never have them again so enjoy half a dozen at a sitting. I can wait until mine start laying so I can get at them.
     
  3. Wizbop

    Wizbop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get your grub on!
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Yes, they're safe to eat.

    Are they getting enough calcium? Most times my pullets have very nice thick shells and they get thinner as they age.
     
  5. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, by all means get the skillet out and cook them up....they are great!
     
  6. RidgesideBeauty

    RidgesideBeauty Out Of The Brooder

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    They were not getting enough calcium when they started... I got my first egg at the cusp of 16-17 weeks, and everything I read on the Layena the chow said not to feed til 18 weeks, so they beat me to it. They also get free-fed oyster shells now, but the shells are still coming in a little thin. I was candling the eggs to see if I had any other cracks I couldn't see by eye (due to the thinness), and that's when I noticed they had humungous pores too.

    I was curious as to what they looked like inside, so I had cracked a few open... and promptly fed them to my dog. (I swear I actually like my dog, really!) [​IMG] I'm immunocompromised, so I figure that Mr. Eats-Snot-Covered-Tissues-As-Delicacy would be fine with his cast iron stomach, but I wasn't ready to put my own stomach on the line yet until I was sure. (I swear I don't hate my dog, and I'm not trying to kill him!)
     

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