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Cause of watery whites?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kisat, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. kisat

    kisat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey,

    Couple questions. I am just wondering, what causes an egg white to be runny? Is it bad if it is? I know that the better fed chickens are the yellower the yolks and calcium affects the shell, but the whites? What can you do if the whites are runny and clear (almost like water) what foods are missing from the diet or should they be runny?

    It's just that I noticed that when my best friend gave me an egg to try before we brought home the chickens, her egg white was really runny - practically water. Ours aren't. I'm just wondering what causes the dif? We feed our chickens a layer pellet (two different mixes that the feed store recommended) and then supplement with extra good-for-them treats. My best friend just kind of throws anything and everything (I know - not good) out there for them to eat.

    That is why I am curious what affects the whites and whether they should be so runny or not?

    Thanks for the help,
    Kim
     
  2. chickenmomva

    chickenmomva Out Of The Brooder

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    It would make a difference if the egg was fresh or not .........when eggs are older there whites dont hold up as well other than that I dont know
     
  3. kisat

    kisat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think the egg was old so I don't think that was the reason.

    Thanks for the reply though:)
     
  4. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really don't know, but would be willing to bet that it has to do with what her hens are eating. Good stuff in, good stuff out. Garbage in, garbage out.
     
  5. kisat

    kisat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I was figuring. I just wanted know what exactly caused it though.

    Thanks for the reply.
    Kim
     

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