Is there such a thing as worms in eggs?????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Farm Frenzy, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dropped one of silkie eggs today and there was not one, but two white worm looking string things in it. They weren't moving or anything, but they were really close to the yolk. I just haven't ever seen anything like it before. Any info would be great.
     
  2. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    According to "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens," worms in eggs are extremely rare, but occur in hens with a high parasite load. If you can see the same kind of white, hair-like worms in fresh chicken poo, you need to worm your chickens.

    Kathy in Texas
     
  3. mrsengeseth

    mrsengeseth Chillin' With My Peeps

    are you sure it wasn't the chalaza?
     
  4. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've checked their poo and there's nothing in it...
    but that's what it looks like is a hair, but it was real curly looking. [​IMG]
     
  5. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What is chalaza?
     
  6. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What is chalaza?

    It is the two 'stringy' things that holds the yolk in place
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    frankly it sounds to me more like the chalazae - two whitish, somewhat squiggly curly things at either end of the yolk, that keep it from sloshing around too much in the egg.

    They are more conspicuous in some eggs than in others.

    They have a sort of cloudy milky look, as opposed to a worm would look like LITERALLY a spaghetti noodle type deal, absolutely distinct and contiguous, not at all filmy or splotchy. A google for pix might help.

    Worms can occur in eggs, but are rare (and usually sign of a SERIOUS infestation)

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  8. mrsengeseth

    mrsengeseth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Henry'schickens :

    Quote:What is chalaza?

    It is the two 'stringy' things that holds the yolk in place​

    yeah, they are white, stringy, springy looking things that hold a yolk in place inside the egg. Could those have been mistaken for "worms"?
     
  9. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    What is a chalaza ?

    From Websters:
    A chalaza is either of a pair of spiral bands in the white of a bird's egg that extend from the yolk and attach to opposite ends of the lining membrane.​
     

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