Egg Whites of Boiled Eggs Not Smooth?

IndianaHomestea

In the Brooder
7 Years
Sep 20, 2012
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New Palestine, Indiana
For several months now, when boiled, part of the egg whites from one of our hens eggs comes off when removing the shell, resulting in an egg with big craters from all of the white that is missing.

I'm assuming this has something to do with her diet. She's a mixed breed (I think... I bought her full grown) and we feed her standard layer crumbles from tractor supply.

Is it a calcium deficiency?
 

mickey328

Songster
7 Years
May 4, 2012
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168
Northern Colorado
The fresher the egg, the stickier the shell :) Generally, eggs that are 2 weeks or older will peel more cleanly. Lots of folks swear by baking their eggs rather than boiling them. I haven't tried it yet, but plan to the next time I have to do up a batch. I'm sure others will chime in with their tips and tricks, too.

Along with their feed, you should make grit and either oyster shell or ground eggshells available to them; they're really good at sensing what their bodies need. We have a small container of each in their run and just keep them topped off.

HTH
Mickey
 

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