The Official Egg Thread

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Colored Egg Farmer, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Here are a few things about the egg. If you see anything else that should be added just post. This is a work in progress.

    Post your first egg

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=13502

    Websites with a lot of Information

    Egg parts,etc. http://www.aeb.org/LearnMore/EggFacts.htm
    Egg
    Dictionary http://www.incredibleegg.org/eggcyclopedia_a.html

    Egg Freshness

    There are a few ways to tell how fresh an egg is. The easiest way is the float test. It is when you float the egg in water and if it floats the egg is old. If it sinks it is fresh. This is due to the egg gaining air through the shell as it ages causing it to float.

    The second way is the egg candling. This is similar to how you check that there is a baby in the egg. To check for freshness you look at the air cell If it is small than it is fresh. If it is large the egg is older. You can also tell with this method if there are any blood, or meat spots and if the egg is cracked.

    Egg Grades

    AA, A and B are 3 egg grades. Their grade mostly depends on how good the egg is. It can be graded by the air cell, egg white and yolk, and shell quality. http://www.aeb.org/kidsandfamily/getting_good_grades.htm

    Do I need a Rooster?

    No you do not need a rooster to get an egg. Roosters are only there to fertilize the egg for hatching eggs.

    How to tell if an egg is fertilized

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008

    Egg Diseases

    Some websites with info.
    http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/salment_g.htm#How Eggs Become Contaminated
    http://www.incredibleegg.org/egg_facts_safety.html

    Shell less eggs?

    This can be caused by a number of things. The hen could be low on calcium or have a calcium absorption problem. Also new layers will lay shell less eggs. They can be due to there bodies not in the rhythm of laying eggs yet.

    Where are my eggs

    There are many reasons for not getting eggs. Some of the most common are, Molting, Egg Eating, predictors and Hidden eggs.

    Molting
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=96856
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=94698
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=93527

    Where are my egg Threads?

    Calcium

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=99598
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=95966
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2008
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    this is a good idea!...okay..i'd like to know..is there any way you can get sick from eggs?..such as: parasites,worms disease..etc...thanks, Wendy:)
     
  3. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
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    This id due to the egg gaining air through the shell as it ages causing it to float.

    There is a small typo.​
     
  5. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Quote:There is a small typo.

    thanks.... spell check didn't find it.
     
  6. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is wonderful.
     
  7. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    This is awesome and full of great info, I smell a sticky.
     
  8. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No you do not need a rooster to get an egg.

    My wife works at a hospital and had a doctor ask "how are you getting eggs without a rooster?" [​IMG]
     
  9. ChooksinIowa

    ChooksinIowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One other small typo, near the end of the sentence under egg grades. Yolk, not yoke. [​IMG]

    Very useful links! Thanks for setting this up. Can we get some candling links on there or is that a separate posting?

    Oh, under the Shell-less egg thing, I think that it says "me" instead of "by" in the first sentence.

    I like this AEB thread also - it has a lot of interesting facts and explanations.
    http://www.aeb.org/LearnMore/EggFacts.htm

    Claire
     
  10. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Ok I added a few good links and fixed my misspellings.
     

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