Egg Shells

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by hawaiian, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. hawaiian

    hawaiian Hatching

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    I have Rhode Island Reds that are laying some nice brown eggs. However, when I hard boil the eggs I have a very hard time peeling off the skin without taking off all the egg white. I assume I am feeding/not feeding them something that is causing this. Any ideas what it could be? We feed them layer feed and sometimes kitchen scraps. They almost always have food available to them in the coop.
     
  2. Erica

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    Hi hawaiian,

    it's normal for fresh eggs. They always have a soft layer of white that doesn't boil hard and that comes off with the shell. (I remember I thought there was something wrong with my eggs too... but it's just that they're fresh!). [​IMG]

    You can either leave eggs for 3 + days (after that they boil better) or you can boil them for 10 minutes instead of 5.

    cheers
    Erica
     
  3. huntinwidow

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    It also helps if you immediately cool your eggs in very cold water.. But Erica is right. Fresh eggs do not peel well. The eggs you buy in the store are several days old. You are doing just fine.[​IMG]

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  4. hawaiian

    hawaiian Hatching

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    Good to know. Thanks so much for the replies!!!
     
  5. that is one way of telling if a egg is fresh
     
  6. chicknhawaii

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    That happens all the time when I boil my RSLs' eggs! Drives me nuts lol. But yes, cooling them works or waiting a couple of days after the lay helps too. [​IMG]
     
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:More likely weeks. It's shocking how old store eggs can be, but good to know that eggs keep looooong time! [​IMG]

    Yes, it's just because your eggs are so fresh. I don't refrigerate mine, they sit on the counter a week or more, then they are easier to peel. 19 years and no fatalities yet!

    [​IMG]
     
  8. dragonlair

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    Adding 1/2 cup of salt to the water helps the shells peel too. And yes, that's a lot of salt!
     
  9. PunkinPeep

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    I started boiling my room temperature fresh eggs by boiling the water before adding the eggs. I read it on BYC somewhere. I boil them for 17 minutes (i know that sounds like a long time) and then chill them immediately. I still have a couple that will stick some, but mostly they peel very easily with this method. I haven't tried using all the salt, yet.
     
  10. mystus808

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    hey hawaiian wat island u from?
     

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