Bad eggs Pic added

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Twin Mom, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. Twin Mom

    Twin Mom Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2010
    Floresville, Texas
    I am new to chickens and fresh eggs. Never to my knowledge had a fresh egg and was very much looking forward to the experience when my neighbor brought me a dozen. They had been in my refrigerator for a week and I started to use them today, and all are bad. Dark orange yolks, and mold inside the shell. My question is does this happen often? I have 13 wk old hens, and once they start laying I was going to give extras to my husband's coworkers, but now I'm concerned. Don't want them to have the same experience I just had. Total newbie and any information/advice would be a huge help. Thanks!
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2010
  2. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    ive never came across mould in a shell before? perhaps they were stored incorrectly at your neighbours.. they shouldnt 'go off' after a week (in the olden days people stored eggs for months in their food cellars so they would have eggs during the winter months..if stored correctly eggs can last a few months..they wont be 'fresh' but would be edible!)
  3. Princess Poppycock

    Princess Poppycock Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 12, 2010
    The dark orange yolks are good, it means they get a lot of greens and natural food. But the mold... are you sure? Could you post a pic? Eggs dont get moldy on the inside, it's got to be something else.
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    Healthy chickens on a good diet should lay eggs with an orange yolk. We're just so used to seeing unhealthy eggs from confined chickens on a bad diet that we think yellow is normal.

    When you say there was mold inside the shell, do you mean there was something like black spots on the inside of the shell? I have never heard of that. What exactly are you seeing?
  5. Twin Mom

    Twin Mom Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2010
    Floresville, Texas
    Here is a picture. Hope it helps.
  6. Arty

    Arty Out Of The Brooder

    Wow, never seen that before. [​IMG] Do you have any left to try the egg float/sink test?
  7. AnnainMD

    AnnainMD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2010
    Eldersburg, MD
    Oh my goodness, that is SERIOUSLY disturbing. There has got to be an issue with storage...right? Maybe the shells were cracked...
    Have you asked your neighbor? Are they her eggs or someone elses? Has she seen the same thing with the eggs?

    Rest assured, it is not normal. Yuck.
  8. prov31gal

    prov31gal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2009
    over the mountain
    I KNOW WHAT IT IS! those eggs have been frozen at some point. its happened to me before, accidentally when a child turned my fridge all the way down. it gets pretty frosty in the back. and then they thaw, and this is what you get.
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member


    So that yolk color is normal, however that "mold" is not normal for an eating egg.

    I'm going to guess your neighbor has a rooster, and either temperatures are over 95F in the day or there is a setting hen and that there would be a developing then dead egg. If they were all this way, I suspect eggs not being collected right away or partially incubated some how. Or if that's not the case, they may have been stored incorrectly at some point. It is a reason many older pepople crack eggs individually in their own cups before using them in cooking, just in case.

    Store egg is on the right, a free range silkie egg is on the left. The pic is more red/orange than in real life, but the difference is there.
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:Looks like we have a winner then!

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