Chalky eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jpiggle1, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. Jpiggle1

    Jpiggle1 In the Brooder

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    Hi! i have a 27wo RIR who started out laying shell less eggs and now is laying many chalky eggs with little or no bloom. Is this a common early egg problem? Stories guide doesn’t discuss this.
     
  2. Poultry Place

    Poultry Place Chirping

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    Hello, by shell less do you mean soft egg or nothing but yolk and egg whites? The chalky eggs I am assuming you are refering to the texture of the shell? Yes it is not uncommon for new layers to have some bumps in the egg making process.
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    They definitely have bloom because that's how they expell an egg.
    Shell less eggs are because the Hens are producing too many yolks and expelling them quickly. Give them time to regulate the egg machine. 18% protein and oyster shell in a separate bowl.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I have several birds that lay eggs with a matte surface...not sure if they have bloom or not, if so it's not much as I can't feel it when I wash those eggs.
    I don't think it's indicative of any illness.
     
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    Mimi’s 13 Crowing

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    I, too, have some birds that lay a chalky or matte surfaced egg and then some that lay a slick shiny egg. I treat them all the same, no washing and no refrigeration. I would imagine all eggs have the bloom or cuticle on them, despite their surface appearance or texture.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I only wash really 'dirty' eggs...but I wonder if the bloom is just harder to 'feel' because of the matte surface, maybe it kinda 'soaks' in. I do know some birds deposit more blooms than others.
     
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    I’ve never really noticed some eggs having a heavier deposit of bloom or the fact that you could actually feel it. The only time I’ve seen it or felt it was when I snatched one up “right outta da pie hole!” :lau Only then because it hadn’t dried and was still wet.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I notice a lot of things that others don't....and am insatiably curious.
     

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