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Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by CHICKS4ME, Dec 13, 2009.


    CHICKS4ME Hatching

    Apr 4, 2009
    Hi all my chicken experts.
    My daughter is 10 and we are raising chickens for eggs.
    We are doing a science fair project on why farm fresh eggs are harder to peel after boiling then store bought. Can anyone give me the reason why. I know it has to do
    with the air pocket but how?
    Please send help soon
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  2. handicappersnurse

    handicappersnurse Chirping Premium Member

    Nov 18, 2009
    Gainesville, Fl.
    I have found that if I boil the eggs that are gathered that day or even if they have been in the refrig for two days, they are very hard to peel and end up going into the dog food, cause I can't eat an egg that is messy looking like that. I don' t boil my eggs for at least three days after gathering. I always use an egg cooker that requires a little hole to be poked into the end of the egg with a little spike that comes with the cooker. That is the only way I can cook hard boiled eggs anymore-I never use a pot of water on the stove. I think the store bought eggs are older and not as fresh, hence why they peel much easier after boiling. Try waiting a few days and investing in an electric egg cooker. I hope this was helpful. I have twenty-three hens of various breeds, and all will peel after a few days in the refrig.[​IMG][​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2009
  3. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Songster

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    not sure, but i know it has a lot to do with the air pocket. if it helps, they are easier to peel when you steam them like one would steam veggies. i learned that just last night! [​IMG]

    when i was younger i did my science fair on chickens and how fast different breeds grow vs how much they eat and even had some chicken representatives come to the science fair with me [​IMG] i got the blur ribbon. good luck to your daughter!
  4. BettyR

    BettyR Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Eggshells are permeableÂ…they have to be so that the developing chick can get oxygen.

    As eggs age they loose moisture through the shellsÂ…this causes the air pocket at the large end of the egg to grow as well as causing the membrane just below the surface of the shell to loosen. So an older egg is not as full and easier to peel when boiled.

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