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Super hard egg shells

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by punkgirrl, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. punkgirrl

    punkgirrl Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls have been laying a few months. They are making eggs with super hard shells. You do not need a hammer but you have to put some power into opening them. Is this normal or am I giving them to much of something? thanks for the help.
     
  2. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quite normal! People are so used to the weak egg shells that store bought eggs have that they are usually surprised at how strong egg shells should be! [​IMG]
     
  3. punkgirrl

    punkgirrl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for the answer. I was hoping that was what it was.
     
  4. eac04

    eac04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After a while you get used to the hardness of the egg shells. If you ever go back to using store-bought, remember not to whack them as hard... Could get pretty messy. Not that it happened to me or anything... [​IMG]
     
  5. rubyrogue

    rubyrogue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ate my first three fresh eggs yesterday for breakfast and was wondering the same thing. But when they broke it was a nice even line. Good to know its normal
     
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I always think of super hard egg shells as a good thing. My girls were the same way on their first few months of laying - We'd have jokes back and forth on what you have to do in order to break em! [​IMG]

    They have softened up a little since then to a normal strength now (certainly not as weak as store eggs, but a nice good strength) that they're older. [​IMG]
     
  7. wvgal61

    wvgal61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Very tasty wasn't it [​IMG]
     
  8. fiberart57

    fiberart57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm okay with the hard shells but they seem to shatter and I'm forever picking bits of shell out of my scrambled eggs. Any suggestions for someone with an egg-breaking handicap?

    Mary
     
  9. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was also surprised at how hard fresh egg shells are compared to store bought. Don't worry, it's very normal! [​IMG] Just don't try to crack a store bought with the same force you crack fresh eggs. One more thing, when I fry eggs up now I crack it into a bowl now because I had one out of about 200 that had blood in it, that is also normal, like I said one out of about 200...[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2010

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