Bad egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by katharine, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. katharine

    katharine Out Of The Brooder

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    Our two hens have laid about 8 eggs. The first few were quite yummy. Then we had one soft shell egg. Then I ate two eggs that tasted bad. They were rubbery but also this weird sort of...powdery. I do not think it is how I cooked them. Any ideas? They eat store bought food, nuts and seeds I give and they have free yard time too.

    thanks
     
  2. sandrameissnest

    sandrameissnest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello
    do you give them the egg layer food too ?
     
  3. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    They need calcium. Go to the feed store and buy some osyster shell in a bag. Fill a small cup with it and put it in the coop. They will eat it as needed. The rooster will leave it alone unless he needs a bit.
    Best,
    Karen in western PA, USA
     
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  4. ichoudhury

    ichoudhury Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually mix Oyster shell, Rock dust, and Diatomaceous Earth with their feed. I do still get the soft-shell rarely from one specific hen (I haven't identified her) but figured, she may just skip those calcium sometimes, and eggs turns that way.
     
  5. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    A lack of calcium is almost never the cause of soft shelled eggs. It is almost always the result of a virus infection or sometimes it is caused by an overly fat or obese hen who is being killed with kindness. Old age is next.
     
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  6. katharine

    katharine Out Of The Brooder

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    sorry , I guess, I wasn't clear. I think the soft shell egg was just a one time thing. Now they both lay nice (looking eggs) but they TASTE bad. the white is rubbery and sort of chalky. I have fried them and boiled them. Any ideas about the texture of the egg white?
     
  7. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could they have frozen?
     
  8. katharine

    katharine Out Of The Brooder

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    no, we live in Hawaii BUT it IS like that-sort of a weird texture change.
     

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