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Floating eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lag1361, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. Lag1361

    Lag1361 In the Brooder

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    Hi! I'm fairly new at raising chickens and hope someone can help me concerning some "bad" eggs I've been collecting. I collect eggs and put them in a basket on my counter. If the basket gets full I will wash the eggs and put them in the refrigerator so they last longer. I put them in a bowl of water to test freshness (i know, I know, you are supposed to just brush them off if need be) but occasionally I have come across a couple of floaters so I throw them away. On Sunday I was getting eggs ready to put away and came across 5 floaters! None of the eggs were more than 10 days old. All of the floaters looked like they came from the same hen, a Buff Orpington. I guess I should have cracked one open but I didn't...is something wrong with my hen? Has anyone had this happen to them? I'm terrified of giving bad eggs away. Any info would be greatly appreciated!!
     
  2. Patinas

    Patinas Songster

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    Welcome to BYC! 10 days is not long enough for unwashed eggs to go bad at room temp per all the studies out there regarding egg storage. If you find more from the same hen, definitely crack them open and see what's going on inside.

    Sorry I can't answer your question but maybe the eggs from your Buff aren't getting a good enough coating of egg bloom as they are laid?? Just a wild guess and haven't actually heard of that before but I imagine it is possible?
     
  3. Lag1361

    Lag1361 In the Brooder

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    Thanks for replying Patinas! The hen in question is a little over a year old and it just started happening I'd say about a month ago. I will crack the next one open. I have heard of yolkless eggs, this is just weird.
     

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