Brown film on brown eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by oopsadazy27, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. oopsadazy27

    oopsadazy27 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my hens laid an egg today that was unique. It was very sticky when I picked it up, but dried by the time I got it in the house. There was a brown, dull sheen film over the shell. It can be rubbed off, but is on there pretty good. Is this something that I should be alarmed about?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I think that is normal.
    Most brown pigment is applied after the shell is formed so can be rubbed off.
    If an egg was just laid, the cuticle (bloom) will still be wet and sticky - especially if it is humid.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    That sticky stuff on a freshly laid egg is bloom. It's what seals that egg and prevents bacteria from entering. Some hens lay eggs with lots of bloom, some lay eggs with hardly anything noticeable on them. It's normal, but if you rubbed it off, you need to refrigerate that egg now.
     
  4. oopsadazy27

    oopsadazy27 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the information! That is good to know!
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Exactly.
     
  6. NC-Marie

    NC-Marie New Egg

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    Hi! First me poster here so if I am the wrong area just let me know. But I have a hen laying eggs with a brown film on them. I am wondering if it is the same thing. Feel free to tell me what the heck is wrong with the one too.

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  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Excessive bloom.
     

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