Eggs are too hard to crack open easily

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Barry, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. Barry

    Barry Songster

    2 of my pullets have been laying for a few weeks now, the only problem is the eggs have a hard shell and once you get it cracked the membrane is real hard to get through. DW would rather have store eggs than deal with these.
    The girls free range and have grower finisher pellets in their feeder. Their favorite treat is cheese, they get a bit every few days.
    Anyone know what makes the membrane real tough?
    I would like to finish off the bag of grower before buying layer pellets.

  2. bryan8

    bryan8 Songster

    May 21, 2009
    New york
    its called real and fresh eggs [​IMG]

    enjoy, you will get the hang of cracking them
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well, they are early on in their laying, and the chickens are healthy, so the membrane will either get to the "right" thickness as they mature and the eggs get bigger. Think of it this way, healthy birds give you healthy eggs with strong shells trying to keep the nutrition in the egg rather than broken.

    Or, if thinner membranes is due to aging, you can try and leave the eggs in the fridge for a few weeks, then eating them. If I remember right, eggs can be "fresh" up to 45 days post packaging.
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Yeah, hard shells are a fact of chicken life.

    You could consider getting you DW a 16 lb kitchen sledge for Christmas. [​IMG]

    Imp- well maybe not
  5. Barry

    Barry Songster

    Quote:Yeah, DW was not impressed with that suggestion and I would not know how to gift wrap it.

  6. wombat

    wombat Songster

    Jun 23, 2009
    They'll get easier to crack as the eggs get to full size.

    Are you having trouble cracking them in general, or only hard-boiled? Extremely fresh eggs can be tricky to peel with hard boiling. The membrane often sticks. Either peel under cold water right after boiling, or let the eggs sit a few days before you make hard boiled with them.
  7. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:About boiled eggs ..... I learned how to peel FRESH boiled eggs easily!

    First, bring the water to a boil. Then lower the eggs into the water.
    Boil 10 - 15 mins (depending on size, and your preference)
    Then, most important ..... put the freshly boiled fresh eggs into ICE water to cool. Yup, not just cold water ... ice water. It works! Last night I boiled up yesterdays collection of eggs. All peeled very easily.
  8. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Songster

    Aug 19, 2009
    Cut Off, LA
    When its been a while that you have been without fresh eggs, you tend to forget how to crack them and it takes a while......for me anyway. But then once you have the hang of it, God forbid you, for some reason, have to crack a store bought egg......what a mess!!!
  9. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    All of that is a good thing by the way. I get disappointed when the shells break easily, it makes me feel like I have raised store bought eggs.

    I break mine on a sharper edge and have no issues. For example I might hold the edge of the spatula in my off hand and break the egg on that instead of the edge of the skillet or against the other eggs. It works for me.

    I do know what you mean I do have to be more cautious to not get shells in the scrambled eggs.

  10. Amyable

    Amyable Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Greenleaf, WI
    Well, paper-thin eggshells = cheap quality. Horray, you've got some healthy girls giving you eggs of high quality! [​IMG]

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