Please please answer this question about worms....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jolyn, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    I am afraid my hens have some sort of worm. IF they do can it get into the eggs? I just cracked many eggs and they all have a long stringy white sort of thing in them. I am sooooooo amazingly grossed out right now. There is no rooster so they are not fertilized.

    We have been eating the eggs right along and i had noticed a few that had a little extra white stuff in them but didn't think much of it. Now i just really need to know if i should be concerned. Ewwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

    My girls did seem to be going through more food and are on the thinner side but i thought that was because they had started a molt.
     
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  2. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    OH my gosh i just found this....

    Have you ever met an egg worm?
    Really, these white strands you may find in a freshly cracked egg are not worms but parts of the egg. They are called chalazae. They are not beginning embryos but structures that suspend the yolk inside the shell and allow it to rotate. When an egg has been fertilized, the chalazae enable the embryo to always stay on top of the yolk. The more evident the chalazae are, the fresher the egg. Egg worms are good.

    Could this be what i am seeing? I honestly have never noticed this in the eggs before...
     
  3. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Quote:Yes, this is what you are seeing. Eggs must be fresh to see it. Enjoy your fresh, healthy eggs. [​IMG]
     
  4. The Chickens' Maid

    The Chickens' Maid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would be a first for me, unless I just never noticed them before. I know chickens can get worms in their eggs, but they have to be pretty infested for that to happen.
     
  5. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    A fresh, healthy egg usually has a yolk inside. on 2 opposing sides of that yolk are wierd white stringy snarled things. I don't like them, and I pick them out when I use the eggs. They are supposed to be there, and are not a parasite... you can just feel the different texture if you chew that part of your scrambled eggs... ew.
     
  6. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Thank you to all of you!!! I was just having a panic attack/anxiety thing thinking i fed my kids and neighbors bad eggs. I'm better now. LOL!!!
     
  7. aveca

    aveca Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]I get so grossed out about those yoke suspensions, i pick them out with a spoon, no lie, befor I cook even a batch of cookies, I dont know what it is about those that bothers me so much, but they have to be gone. The resturant we eat at calls me the egg ring lady cause I eeat every thing but close to that yoke cause I know those things are in there somewhere and I dont accidently want one.

    They are a normal part of the egg, but I just have to carefully pick them out.

    And you should see me make egg salad , its a well thought out plan to avoid those.thou I know they can move around
     
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