Shell Production

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crooked stripe, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does a chicken apply the shell to the egg? I have noticed lately my shells are all wrinkled on the end. Something like placing a casing on a sausage. This has just started in the last month. The shells are rock hard and of good color. Any thoughts?
     
  2. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    How to answer? The egg hardens as it is exposed to air. It has a membrane on it that contains calcium I beleive. All right you longtimers help me out here. Some of the eggs do not come down the canal smoothly for many reasons. One can be disease, another is its just a new layer. Like I said longtimers HELP HERE Jean
     
  3. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out www.thepoultrysite.com.
    On the home page there is a menu on the left. Click on "Technical Information", then choose "Egg Quality Guide"
    Scroll down to "Introduction" and click on "Egg Defects".
    Scroll down the menu on the left and under "Shell Defects" click "Misshappen Eggs".
    Is that what yours look like?
    Hope this helps!
     

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