the shells are really hard is this normal

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by eddie w, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. eddie w

    eddie w In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2011
    the shells are really hard and do not peel very good what can i do i give them oyster shells
  2. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    compared to store eggs? yes, this is normal. harder than the usual eggs your girls have laid? don't know.

  3. eddie w

    eddie w In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2011
    no same as always
  4. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    Shells are much thicker than the eggs you buy at the store. It is normal. Fresh eggs are hard to peel. Let them get 1-2 weeks old then hard boil them. The eggs you buy in the store are already 3 weeks old by the time you buy them.
  5. chickengrandma

    chickengrandma Songster

    Nov 3, 2009

    Also, when you boil the eggs I found a little technique to be helpful (on top of letting them age a couple of weeks):

    As soon as they are done boiling, get them under ice cold water instantly. Even throw in some ice cubes in the pot. Keep the ice cold water running on them for a good minute or two. The rapid hot to cold will help the shells peel off. Don't let them cool down "slowly".

    Congrats on the super hard shells - that means you are taking good care of your girls!
  6. dixiebeast

    dixiebeast Songster

    Aug 1, 2011
    Cross Hill SC
    Thanks guys...I needed this tip too...I had the bright idea that I would supply deviled eggs for my inlaws at thanksgiving since we now have chickens...I wanted to use the freashest eggs of I gathered my day before and morning of eggs...a huge nighhtmare!! Next weeks eggs are for christmas!!

    OP...I too have super freaky hard shells and I do NOT give oyster on the side!! Just layer and fresh veggies and treats!!
  7. erinszoo

    erinszoo Songster

    Jun 28, 2011
    North Central Oklahoma
    We have really hard shells as well but we do feed oyster shell. We've found our barred rock eggs don't peel well as hard boiled until they are about 4 or 5 days old. Before that they just peel egg. Another trick for peeling eggs is to crack them in the pan with some water in it still. The water gets under the membrane and helps peel it off in one piece.
  8. TroutsChicks

    TroutsChicks Fluffy Stuffins

    Jun 5, 2011
    baxter Tn
    The best way to peel fresh eggs is to steam them first, stem them for 15 mins and then put them in a bowl of cold water for 5 then peel. The 1 day old eggs are a bit tough sometimes. But they peel beautifully if you steam them. And a healthy happy chicken who is well fed and taken care of and has the proper amount of calcium in her diet will lay very hard eggs. The eggs I use I save the shells rinse them out and then let them air dry and out them in a zipper bag and then crush them and add them to a bow in the coop along with oyster shells.
  9. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    The ice works very well. I boiled 6 to pickle. Put them under the cold water and add ice. Let them cool completely. I have read this but tried it to see what it would do. I had the eggs out of the pot and put water back in the pot and started it boiling. Took the cold eggs one at a time in a drain type spoon and held them about 10 seconds in the hot water. Took it out, cracked it all over and peeled it. Perfect. But one thing I had to do was really be sure the membrane was coming off. If it don't it will really cause problems.
  10. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    Another good thing to do is put salt in the cooking water. That's tip #1 at culinary school, and I have found it really does help - more so if the eggs aren't today's eggs.

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