Tough egg membranes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mikecnorthwest, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    My hens have been laying for about 5 weeks now. The membrane under the shell is on the tougher side which makes it difficult to peel hard boiled eggs and a little more difficult to break an egg without getting egg shell in the frying pan. Is there anything I can do with their diet to make the membrane thinner? They are on Purina layer feed.
  2. firedove

    firedove Songster

    Nov 10, 2008
    Fitzwilliam NH
    I'll be interested to hear answers too. We have the same issue some of the time and other times no issue at all. I'm not sure what makes the difference but my chickens free range about 10 hours a day so their diet varies widely by the day. It does seem to get worse in winter so maybe it has to do with the greens and protein they get from bugs and such. Like I said, I'll be interested to know.
  3. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    My Silkie eggs are very hard to crack. They are very thick, so I will be waiting for an answer also. [​IMG]
  4. old fashioned

    old fashioned In the Brooder

    Sep 30, 2009
    Tacoma, Washington
    I'd like to know the answer to this also, even though I think I have just the opposite problem of too thin or no membrane. [​IMG]
  5. RedStarDaddy

    RedStarDaddy Chirping

    Aug 18, 2009
    Honestly, I like the tough membranes. That way when (not if) I get butterfingered in the chicken house and drop one I will only crack the shell instead of making a mess.

  6. damselfish

    damselfish Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    I think it just shows that you have nice and healthy young chickens.

    For cracking them, I take a moment and peel away a piece of shell or two after I hit them the first time. Then I pull a hole in the membrane and pour out the egg. Just a little different technique, doesn't take long once you get used to it.

    Have fun!
  7. edselpdx

    edselpdx Songster

    Nov 10, 2008
    Portland, OR
    As far as peeling the hard-boiled eggs, part of the problem is that they're so darn fresh. Keep some eggs for a week or so, then hard-boil them and they will be somewhat easier to peel as hard-boiled.
  8. koifarm

    koifarm Songster

    Old indian trick, take a push pin and make a hole in the large end of the egg, I use a knife tip but any sharp instrument works, put them on to boil and the shells will fall off them quite smoothly, the hole allows a bit of water to enter the shell and makes peeling a snap.....If they do give you more trouble than that, roll the egg to crush the shell, put the holed end up against the spigot and give it a burst of water pressure, be sure and put your hand around the spigot or you will get a facefull of water....the water pressure will literally blow the shell away from the contents.

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