Strange request, example of "egg shaping"

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cyberous, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Cyberous

    Cyberous Chillin' With My Peeps

    Some one told me that you can shape a newly hatched egg during the first couple of seconds its hatched. An example would be put it in a box of a similar size and have a square egg.

    I know you can do this with Bamboo shoots coming out of the ground but with eggs really?

    I googled and used search and found nothing.

    I'm very curious! [​IMG]

  2. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    I doubt it. I've literaly caught them coming out of the hen's butt and they're already hard shelled.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I've shaped shelled hard boiled eggs, but I don't think you can do it with eggs in the shell. Would like to know if this is possible. Also How do you shape bamboo?

  4. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    no u cant. BUT there is a small think wet like skin on the egg just after it comes out called the blume.. and if u scrath it within the first few seconds what ever u scratch will stay scrathced .. its kinda cool
  5. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

    Nov 11, 2008
    yeah its impossible they already come hard-shelled
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    For an egg you are not planning to hatch or eat, there is a way to make it rubbery with vinegar; not sure if it can be hardened up again.
  7. Cyberous

    Cyberous Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok I guess he was pulling my legg on this. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the info everyone,

    Good to know so I can stop looking.

    Here is one website that shows how to make Square bamboo, its pretty common.

  8. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Hey Cyberous,
    Thanks for the link. Pretty interesting. Unfortunately I don't have room for timber bamboo. Would love some, but don't think my neighbors would care for it. [​IMG] There is a bamboo nursery not too far from me. At least a couple times a year I go just to wander in the bamboo forest.
    The vinegar comment reminded me that once the chickens laid in their water dish, and the eggshell was rubbery when I got to it. Might be able to shape it that way & dry it back out. I'm sure the egg was submerged for hours, probably all day. I'm not sure if it would be safe to eat. It had also enlarged, maybe 50% larger.

    Imp- I sense an Easter egg experiment coming on.
  9. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    The egg laid in water probably did not have a proper shell to begin with, most likely just the membrane. You can put an egg in regular water all day long if you like and it still won't be rubbery. Even if there was vinegar in the water, sitting in it for that short a period of time wouldn't do anything to the shell. To do the vinegar-rubber egg thing, it takes fulls strength vinegar and it has to be in there for a couple days to make it work.
  10. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:That could be very true. I rarely get shellless eggs, but did have new pullets laying at the time. I guess I thought it had a shell cause it was very firm, not fagile at all and it felt like rubber cement. Perhaps absorbing all that water made it feel harder. I know it wasn't there more than 1 day since I change the water daily.


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