crusty eggs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by drobbins, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. drobbins

    drobbins New Egg

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    Hi Folks

    I got some cochins last fall and they're beginning to lay
    some of the eggs have this hard crusty stuff on the shell, almost like really course sandpaper
    what is this, calcium or something? it looks painfull:rolleyes:
    I'm guessing a dietary thing, they're getting commercial layer pellets and what few bugs they can freerange this time of year
    my wife washed it off the eggs we have so I can't get a pic, will get one next time they lay one

    Dave
     
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I was going to say calcium deposits but I dont think you can wash that off. How thick are the shells?
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Sometimes there is a bit of extra on the shell that get's deposited along with the layer of protective coating that are left on the eggs. Really you don't have to wash it since that layer you are washing off, is washing off the protective coat on the egg that keeps bacteria out.
     
  4. drobbins

    drobbins New Egg

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    hmm
    one was soaking in water in the kitchen
    here's a pic, it's still kinda wet

    http://www.drobbins.net/dsc00717.jpg

    it won't wipe off but you can scrape it off pretty easy

    Dave
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Nice shot. It is just extra shell material. The egg is fine.
     
  6. drobbins

    drobbins New Egg

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    I knew the egg was fine but I was worried about a dietary issue
    so you say "don't worry about it" ?
    works for me as long as other folks see the same thing
    never saw it with other breeds of bird I had before but I'm still a relative rookie

    Dave
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You will see all sorts of weird things in your days raising chickens. I can promise that. LOL
     
  8. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get that every now and then from my EE chickens too..
     
  9. drobbins

    drobbins New Egg

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    I'm guessing you mean easter eggers
    I had some a while back before the big "raccoon debacle" [​IMG]
    I never saw this with them
    also have had silkies, OEG's and RIR's
    oh well, just thought it might be a diet thing
    you folks have cured my concernes

    thanks
    Dave
     
  10. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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