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Fresh eggs smell rotten

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by siroiszoo, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. siroiszoo

    siroiszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, our temps have finally fallen below 100 for about two weeks now. And I do believe that the rotten 'fresh' egg syndrome has disappeared, as well.

    Never did find the offending hen, but all seems to be back to normal. I am so happy about that too. Cause I was getting very tired of cracking every egg, smelling it, then making Italian Cream Cakes (cause it uses so many eggs.) [​IMG]
     
  2. mechagrue

    mechagrue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is so crazy - thanks for the update! I guess now you can say, "In MY day, it was so hot, the eggs went bad before they were even laid!"
     
  3. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

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    to tell if they are fresh put them in water if they are fresh they will sink if they are bad they will float because of the gasses emitted while rotting.
     
  4. siroiszoo

    siroiszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL!!! [​IMG]
     
  5. siroiszoo

    siroiszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I ran that test even though I was collecting several times a day because of the heat. Even the stinkers were sinking like rocks.
     
  6. siroiszoo

    siroiszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To all who followed and helped with this post:

    I FINALLY figured out why the fresh eggs were stinking!

    Our temps started getting back up into the 100's again and the egg smell came back!

    But this time, I noticed what was happening.

    Firstly, a hen broke an egg in the nest one morning. I cleaned it up, scrapped the wood beneath the nesting box as best as I could (I use the bread crates, the ones bread delivery trucks use to transport the loafs of bread in, filled with hay), then put fresh hay in and replaced the nest. However, I didn't get all of the broken egg up because the rotten egg smell was back by evening.

    Also, by that evening and the following day, the fresh eggs where smelling bad. So I removed the nest completely and rescrubbed the wooden bottom of the nesting area. I left the nesting crate out for several days before replacing it.

    Problem solved!

    Apparently, since egg shells are porous, the excessive heat combined with the body heat of the hens sitting on the eggs allowed the rotten egg smell from the remains of the broken eggs to permeate through to the fresh eggs. So, when I first started having this problem, I hadn't noticed that an egg had been broken in the nest because there was no evidence by the time I noticed the smell. And even though I had cleaned the nest as a precaution, I hadn't cleaned the wood below the nest as thoroughly.

    Therefore, I'm happy to report that my hens do not have some sort of strange infection or disease! YAY!
     
  7. verlaj

    verlaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just read the thread for the first time - glad you discovered and solved the problem!

    Now, I think you need to start a new thread...and post the recipe fro Italian Cream Cakes!

    If you do - thanks in advance!
     
  8. mechagrue

    mechagrue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is some seriously awesome investigative work! And thanks so much for updating us - I have thought about your egg mystery often, since you first posted about it!

    (Italian cream cakes? Yes, please, I second that request!)
     
  9. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    I had a problem recently with one hen's eggs being stinky. It was a nasty smell. The eggs were all fresh, but yucky! Then one day I figured it out. I was cleaning the ducks little pool (as I do daily) and realized that the eggs smelled like the duck's stinky swimming water. I watched the hen with the stinky eggs and learned that she preferred to drink the stinky duck water to the much cleaner water in the water dish. [​IMG] So now she gets to live in the other side of the coop with a different run that is not shared with a duck. I only have one duck so it's not practical to put Chester Louise (the duck) separate from the chickens.
     
  10. AmyRey

    AmyRey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:And Amy makes three!
     

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