Dirt inside my eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rpayne10, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. rpayne10

    rpayne10 In the Brooder

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    I have found a few eggs now that definitely have had dirt inside them. The next time I find one I will post a pic but this was a good chunk of dirt and not a meat spot. Does anyone know why this happens or how to make it stop?
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I don't see how actual dirt could make its way up inside a hen far enough to be encapsulated inside the shell.
    Sounds like a major malfunction. Would love to see a pic.
     
  3. rpayne10

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    I know I was totally shocked at first but I've had 4 eggs like that so far. These dirt chunks have been as big as peas sometimes!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    And they fall apart like dirt would?
    It's more likely to be some kind of piece of tissue.
     
  5. rpayne10

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    I've not really played with them but my hubby scrambled one before I could take the dirt spot out and the eggs ended up being gritty like dirt. It was awful.
     
  6. rpayne10

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    I wonder if it's actually poo getting in the egg?
     
  7. ShockValue

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    Could they have been calcium deposits? I've seen people post pictures of little tiny spheres clumped together in a pea-size blob in the egg. Failing to find a suitable picture at the moment though -
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I was also thinking poo or excess calcium, you'd need to look very closely at the debris in the egg....before you scramble and eat them, lol!
     
  9. Jayzandra

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    We get "dirt" in some of our eggs too. I'd be very interested in finding out how to fix this problem.
     
  10. aart

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    In order to 'fix' the problem, first you'd need to identify what the 'dirt' is.

    A clear, well lit, close up photo of the debris might help. Then examining, separating it from the yolk or white-picking at it, it yourself might give some clues as to what the debris is.
     

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