Hard-Boiled Problems

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by danielkbrantley, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. danielkbrantley

    danielkbrantley Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    I've got some white leghorns that are great layers. However, it is often difficult to get the shell off their eggs when hard-boiled.

    That said, anyone know what could be missing from their diet? I give them a mixture of layer pellets and scratch, and toss 'em our vegetable food scraps.

    Any help would be appreciated.


    Slightly New to This Thing
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    It is because they are fresh, if you are going to hard boil them then let the set about a week.

  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    There's a lot of different tricks to boiling & peeling fresh eggs.
    I find adding lots of salt to the water helps me with peeling fresh eggs. Lot's of salt, maybe 1/4 to 1/3 cup, in a small saucepan, for about a dozen eggs. Cook hard and peel under ice cold running water.

    Imp- Good luck
  4. KrazyKhick

    KrazyKhick Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2012
    Everyone has their own way. I suggest you try some methods mentioned here and on the web. For me, I can easily peel fresh eggs if I steam them. About 20 mins or so, time that from full steam not when you set it on the stove. I always set them in cold water after, but i'm not sure if that actually helps or not.
  5. PtitePouleRouge

    PtitePouleRouge Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2012
    Northern Wisconsin
    The problem is indeed the freshness of your eggs, not the diet of your flock. What a great problem to have!

    I discovered the solution to this accidentally in Keys to Good Cooking by Harold McGee (wonderful book), where he says that to make the best hard-boiled eggs, you actually don't want to boil them at all. Boiling makes the whites tough and rubbery. When I tried his method to my surprise it also resulted in easy-peeling eggs!

    Bring your water to a boil, and gently lower the eggs in. Regulate the heat to maintain an almost-simmer. You want to see small bubbles on the bottom, but your eggs should not be bumping around in the pot. The length of time that you cook them will differ a bit from your old method because of the reduced heat. I like them soft-boiled, which takes 7-8 minutes. For solid yolks I'd say try 13 minutes. Then put them in cold water to cool. The best way to peel is to crack them all around, and roll between your fingers until the shell is all broken up. Feel around for the soft spot where the air pocket is--this is where you want to start peeling. Make sure to get under the inner membrane to start off, and the rest should just slip off.
  6. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use the method above (boil water first, put in eggs, cool in water) only I use ice water to cool them off. I put actual ice in the water. I boil same-day-laid eggs and they peel nicely.
  7. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    Oct 1, 2008
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2012
  8. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    I've done all of the above and they only work for me if the eggs are a week or more old. ;)
  9. danielkbrantley

    danielkbrantley Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    This is awesome! We will certainly try them all, though my father-in-law also said the thing about needing them to be older. (He's been in the backyard chicken game for decades.)

    Thanks again,


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