Egg shells too thick?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BigBuckSnort, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. BigBuckSnort

    BigBuckSnort Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a chicken that just started laying two weeks ago. Her egg shells are hard as rocks and the membrane under the shell is super tough too. The chickens pen is on top of gravel... Is this why?
     
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Just means she has a GREAT diet with lots of calcium!

    Backyard eggs have much thicker shells than supermarket eggs. It's normal!!! and a good sign!
     
  3. RocketDad

    RocketDad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to re-teach my kids how to crack an egg! The membrane thickness lead to some messy mornings for a while.
     
  4. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

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    Its a good thing. It means they are healthy...
     
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Yes super good healthy eggs, that is how they should be. good hens.

    AL
     
  6. Daringescape

    Daringescape Out Of The Brooder

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    How do you guys crack these eggs?? Mine are super thick like that too, and it is a MESS to crack them.
     
  7. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed right away that my egg shells were thicker and it was harder to beat the egg. I love it!
     
  8. bturbo87

    bturbo87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    few months back our membranes were so strong, i actually peeled an entire uncooked egg of the shell, then had to cut the membrane with scissors.
     
  9. Daringescape

    Daringescape Out Of The Brooder

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    yes, its definitely the membrane that is the problem. The shells crack, but the membrane stays intact and I end up having to pick egg shells out of everything.
     
  10. CoupeDeVille

    CoupeDeVille Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:[​IMG] Wow !!! I've never heard that before ! [​IMG]
     

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