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Hard shelled eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Springthing, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Springthing

    Springthing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not quite sure if this is the right place for this post. Please forgive me if it isn't!

    So, I take this to mean they are being fed well.... our Barreds and Wyandottes are laying eggs and boy, are their shells thick! Compared to store-bought it seems as though their shells are twice as thick and difficult to crack, does that sound right? Normal? I'm not complaining, I'm actually taking that as a compliment that we are feeding them well. Do the shells get a little thinner as the hens get up in age? Just wondering!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I think you are correct. Mine are certainly harder than store bought, even if they are expensive brown ones, labeled "free range" or some such.

    I do think even store bought brown eggs are a littler thicker shelled than store bought white, though. I know next to nothing about the biology of all this, but I've read that at least in some cases, colored eggs are one layer of color over another. Perhaps this is two layers of shell as well; it kinda looks like it is on some of mine.
     
  3. Capvin

    Capvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens just started laying a couple of weeks ago and their shells are hard and thick and I also take it as a sign that I am feeding them properly.
     
  4. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are so hard and the membrane is so tough that I first crack the egg and then I always use a point steak knife to pierce the membrane. When I don't do this I end up with egg all over my fingers. It is a good sign though!
     
  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Good sign. mean their getting enough calcium!! [​IMG]
     
  7. chicken-whisperer

    chicken-whisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree and have found that after two years the eggs get larger and the shells get thinner, but not as thin as the factory eggs.
     
  8. Courtney134

    Courtney134 Out Of The Brooder

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    My first (and only so far) egg was like that.. took 3 times to crack. I bought brown free-range, organic, blah blah eggs from the store earlier this week, and the shells were AWFUL. They were all crumbly weird and stuck to the egg like glue. I threw the whole thing away. It almost made me afraid to have brown egg layers. I take it as a sign of good health! [​IMG]
     
  9. Springthing

    Springthing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know! Thanks!
     
  10. lizage

    lizage Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've noticed that my BIL's eggs (his hens are all several years old) seem thinner than store bought eggs. Now it's good to know why!
     

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