EE egg question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken man101, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. chicken man101

    chicken man101 New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Jun 2, 2016
    Hey yall can someone inlighten me on a few problems i have with my EE i have about 7 different breeds and my EE is my only problem one ,.... Her eggs often times are a soft shell or thin shells thay crack real easy and the eggs that i can collect more often then not the egggs float ( i test all her eggs just to be safe ) oh and i only have one EE
     
  2. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

    730
    47
    153
    Jul 25, 2009
    Ribera New Mexico
    Do you have oyster shell out. She may need extra. I have EE and they have excellent shells. It may be a problem with her.
     
  3. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

    4,541
    1,062
    306
    Jul 19, 2015
    Eastern Shore, MD
    Just curious, why do you float the eggs?

    I second the oyster shell and/or crushed egg shells.
     
    1 person likes this.
  4. chicken man101

    chicken man101 New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Jun 2, 2016
    As far as the oyster shells yes but it seems that the trow it out of their feeder ,....and as far as the floating eggs i was told thats the best way to determine if they are any good !!!!
     
  5. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

    4,541
    1,062
    306
    Jul 19, 2015
    Eastern Shore, MD
    I don't put the oyster shell in the feeder. It's in a separate container (an old cat food can screwed to a wood post). Not everyone needs it so this allows just those needing it to get it.

    Floating really just gives you an idea of how big the air cell is. I think older eggs have lost moisture and have a bigger air cell. Maybe I'm backwards on that. In any case, it doesn't really tell you if the egg is "good" or "bad". When incubating, it can be used to determine if a chick is still alive (sometimes). Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but that's my understanding of it.
     
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2016

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by