Egg whites not white/clear?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tigertrea, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Tigertrea

    Tigertrea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband has mentioned to me twice now that in the past couple of weeks he has found some eggs with cloudy, tan and even greenish whites. I haven't seen any other than some cloudy ones, I've assumed that is from them freezing in the coop before being collected.

    Their diet right now is basically only layer food with the occasional "treat". Home made bread, an oatmeal mix I warmed for them with some pork, raisins, lard and corn meal (Sounds yummy! LOL), some scratch, a handful of cracked corn and, some fatty pork every few days. Not much in the way of greens because, well, we aren't even eating many.

    They have been "cooped" up in their coop and run for weeks and, they only go out into their run for water even and have no interest in going outside the run, into the snow.

    My biggest concern is....there have been starlings in their coop and run a lot over the winter. We just can't seem to keep them out. They get in the run, then into the coop. (They get in between the run door and door jam....it is a dog kennel re-purposed). I am wondering if my chickens have caught something from the starlings. They all seem very healthy. They grew back all their feathers after molting (I had a feather picking problem but, everybody has all their feathers now!), they eat well, are active and I'm getting 6-7 eggs a day from 8 hens.
     
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    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Spoilage due to Pseudomonas bacteria produces a greenish, fluorescent, water soluble pigment in the albumen. A green tint to to albumen can also be caused by the presence of high levels of riboflavin (vit B2), which has a yellow green colour. The tan colour may be caused by a small amount of blood, which got encased with the egg contents and dissolved in the albumen. This blood most often shows up as blood spots on the yolk.

    Very fresh eggs can sometimes have cloudy egg whites due to the carbon monoxide in the white that hasn't had a chance to escape. Sometimes the protein holding the yolk together can become visible in the whites, causing a cloudy appearance and whites can also become cloudy if they were stored at temperatures between 32*F and 39*F.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Can you post some pics?
     
  5. Tigertrea

    Tigertrea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Next time it happens I'll have him take a pic. I have yet to see any issues in the eggs I've used so, even describing it is difficult.
     
  6. Tigertrea

    Tigertrea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     

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