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Egg Shells "Harden when they hit the air?" Um, wtf???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kait27, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. Kait27

    Kait27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is just a story, but I had to share it. I went to our local county fair last night (entered a dozen of my eggs, won a blue ribbon yay! but not the point.)
    At any rate, I was in the poultry tent, and I over heard a man who was behind the table, so he was somehow involved, telling a guest that chicken eggs are all laid with a soft shell, and that they harden when they hit the air.
    um... is anyone else's BS-alarm going off? I heard that, looked at my boyfriend, and he made me leave the tent before I went over and told that guy he was out of his mind. They're eggs, not play-doh!!
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, that's a new one on me, LOL. [​IMG]
     
  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    There is ALOT of misinformation that people have themselves convinced it is true. Even if you tell them the facts they will argue till the end of time.

    I have caught an egg that a hen was pushing out on the roost. I think I can be fairly sure they are not laid soft. A little sticky till the bloom dries in a matter of seconds, but that is it.

    Also removed hard shelled eggs out of hens that we have processed.

    Matt
     
  4. Kait27

    Kait27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And if this were the case, wouldn't egg-bound-ness be kind of a null issue?
     
  5. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    File that with the having to have a rooster in order to get eggs.
     
  6. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] I LOVE IT when people tell me this.

    If they are ladies - - - I calmly explain that women drop eggs every month with or without a man.
    We only need a man to have a child. They think about it for a minute and the light bulb goes off . . . .
     
  7. kipper

    kipper Chillin' With My Peeps

    BS, yes![​IMG]
     
  8. Shiloh Acres

    Shiloh Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard that one too when I was new to chickens. Then one of my girls laid an egg right in front of me and I picked it up. Warm and sticky,yes. Soft, ummm .... No.
     
  9. Kait27

    Kait27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol. i worked on a farm for 6 summers during high school and college, and now that I work in a city office people still have a hard time believing that I might actually know a thing or two about chickens. When I told people at work I was getting chicks last year, one guy told me "You know you have to feed them, right?" What, really? I just assumed that because they're made of chicken, they'd eat each other. I have to FEED them? Then he went on to say he thought it was neat, because he'd never actually seen a live chicken. :face palm:
    I still have a hard time convincing him that you don't need a rooster... and he's a father of two! I finally just broke it down. Look buddy, a chicken lays an egg like a woman has her period. She ovulates and releases an egg whether or not there's a dude around. The only influence a man has is whether or not that egg is capable of growing into a baby.
    Or when I've told people my production is down and the ladies aren't laying as well. "Oh, well, they must be lonely. They need a rooster to make them lay better!" Really? darn. Why didn't I think of that?

    Why are there so many preconceived notions about chickens? Do you think if I had camels or alligators, people think they knew so much?
     
  10. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:Well, you KNOW camels store water in their humps, you just have to tap 'em with a spigot if you're in the desert and thirsty. And if you have trouble with a male aligator, why, just cull him - he'd make great shoes and a purse! Identify him early so you can feed him colored food and get really pretty gator leather.

    [​IMG]
     
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