Strange Stippled Silkie Eggs (Pic)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NeuronSauce, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. NeuronSauce

    NeuronSauce Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been getting eggs like this for the past couple of weeks. There are thousands of tiny pigmented indentations all over the shell, and when I clean the eggs, they shed their tint very readily. The eggs look fine on the inside, and seem fairly hard. Some sort of calcium deficiency or a parasite of some sort...? The birds were all wormed at the beginning of last month with ivermectin.[​IMG]
     
  2. BerrytangleFarm

    BerrytangleFarm British and Scandinavian Poultry

    Looks like my porous eggs. Give 'em some oyster shells.
     
  3. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The tint you're scrubbing off could be the egg's bloom - the hen adds a 'bloom' on each egg prior to it leaving her body to protect it from bacteria. When you remove the bloom, you're removing some of the protective coating on the egg.

    I don't wash my eggs - just rub any dirt off (mud season, so if I don't get each egg before another hen goes into the boxes, her dirty feet mark up the eggs!) with a DRY paper towel and put in refrigerator.
     
  4. NeuronSauce

    NeuronSauce Out Of The Brooder

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    I want to mention that these were not silkie eggs.

    They were guinea eggs.

    I hatched "chicks" out from under my girls this morning. Yeah... half of them were keets. >>;;;

    Same size, same color as silkie eggs... only dimpled.
     

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