Hen laying egg with white powder looking shell

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BERT G, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. BERT G

    BERT G New Egg

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    I have 4 ISA brown hens (my total urban flock) One not sure which one is laying on a fairly regular basis eggs that have a white powdery look to the outside of the shell. Is this normal or is she lacking something in diet or what?
     
  2. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe just a very heavy bloom?
     
  3. jmtcmkb

    jmtcmkb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wonder the same thing, mine just started laying and my mystery layer ( laying in the run, or on coop floor when I'm not looking!) has powdery residue on shell. Going to watch here for possibly answer.
     
  4. BERT G

    BERT G New Egg

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    Whjat does bloom mean ?
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Bloom is the protective coating the hen applies to the egg as it is laid. It keeps bacteria out. And yes, it can have a powdery appearance.
     
  6. Henlus

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    I think it can also be due to stress.
     
  7. Andrew Altice

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    I have 7 grown americaunas, 4 welsummers, & 3 black coppers. My kids gather the eggs most of the time & one day last week they brought in a tiny blue egg. I blew it off thinking it was a blue jay or something like that but yesterday I found 1 the size of a jumbo marble perfectly round. Don't understand they been laying for a year. What's the cause. Thanks
     
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    Trying to send pic.[​IMG]
     

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