Is something wrong with the eggs my chickens lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MontanaChickenLady, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. MontanaChickenLady

    MontanaChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 4 hens have all been laying for about a month now and I've noticed when I crack open a refrigerated egg, the egg white is a little cloudy.....unlike the store bought eggs that have totally clear egg whites. They get layer feed, cracked corn, oyster shells and some garden and table scraps. Am I doing something wrong with them? Thanks for any input. Carrie
     
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  2. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "EGG WHITE--A cloudy white in a raw egg is caused by carbon dioxide and indicates freshness. As the egg ages, the carbon dioxide escapes through the pores of the egg, and the white will become less cloudy. A pinkish or greenish-blue raw egg white possibly indicates spoilage with a certain bacteria (Pseudomonas spp). We recommend not eating these eggs."
    From: http://www.bfhd.wa.gov/edu/eggucation.php

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    also mentioning that some cloudiness can be caused by illness, but cloudy is usually because they are wonderfully fresh. [​IMG])
     
  3. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like you have fresh eggs. You could put chickens on a strict laying mash only diet and keep keep eggs in the fridge for a month if you want them to be more like the store bought ones but once you get onto the taste of a farm fresh egg I doubt you will want to do that.
     
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  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I normally don't refrigerate my eggs but it's been so long since I saw a store egg I forgot what they look like.
    You're feeding OK, just to be safe don't feed a lot of cracked corn because it's so weak in nutrition(protein and vitamins)- just use as a treat.
     
  5. MontanaChickenLady

    MontanaChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for all of your help. I was just afraid I was doing something wrong with my girls as I've not had access to such fresh chicken eggs before. Good to know we are all on track. Thanks again!!
     
  6. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't be surprised if you occasionally come across things with your eggs that are never seen in store eggs...eggs with natural, perfectly harmless "blemishes" never make it to the store shelf.

    Sounds like they're getting great care. [​IMG]
     
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