Tough eggs and 1 very strange one !!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by grinz, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. grinz

    grinz Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] I have several Buff Orf. hens that are steady layers. The question I have is that the shells and membranes are rather tough when I crack them. Is this normal or something else ?? The quality of the eggs is fine. Just tough to crack open.

    The strange thing is an egg I cracked the other day that had a tiny egg with it's shell inside. An egg in an egg. I didn't break the tiny one to see if it had a yolk or anything. Ever seen this before ??

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  2. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have seen this in another thread. They had a picture of the egg when they cracked it open and there was another egg inside.
    You can do a search and see if you can come up with the thread.

    The tough shells I have also heard addressed but I cannot remember what it was, too much calcium maybe?
    Are these older hens?
     
  3. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw the egg in an egg picture too and everyone was questioning if it was a hoax! pretty weird!
     
  4. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't think it was a hoax, this has been brought up more than once. Plus the person that just started this thread says they have one and I believe them.
     
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep - you can get an egg within an egg. It's not uncommon. Nothing to worry about. Probably just a glitch in the egg-laying mechanisms. Someone on here had an egg that had TWO eggs within it - each one with its own shell and all. Interesting!

    Grinz - where are you in Michigan?
     
  6. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

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    grinz -

    Nice, hard shells are what most of us are trying for. Are you feeding oyster shells or something calcium-laden that improves the shell's hardness.

    I have some Buffs too, and although they are just starting to lay, their egg shells are nice & hard.

    As far as the egg in an egg, I have no idea.
     
  7. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know its good for the shells to be nice and hard but I am not sure about the membranes, should they be that hard to crack?
     
  8. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Simple life........just stating what was said! Here's a pic....
    http://www.japantoday.com/category/nati … igh-school

    . My opinion was.....PRETTY WEIRD and I still say that it's PRETTY WEIRD! Grinz...did you crack the little one yet? we're the shells the same color? did they both have yolks? could you tell if they were fertile? did you eat them? I wonder if this happens because of plugged vents and by the time they free up their vents, another egg is formed around the existing egg? However....since the first egg is so tiny, maybe the muscles couldn't squeeze around it to push it out so it just sat there while the next egg formed? [​IMG]
     

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