1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Watery Egg Whites

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mule Chick, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. Mule Chick

    Mule Chick Out Of The Brooder

    37
    1
    24
    Aug 14, 2008
    Most of my chickens are BOs but I have one EE and her daughter who is EE/BO. I have noticed that even with the freshest of eggs the whites from the eggs of those two hens are much thinner. They fan out in the pan like an old egg, and this morning I was poaching two just laid eggs and it was like pouring water into the poaching liquid, and then the yoke just dropped right out of the whites and became a separate orb in the pan. These hens free range, get layer crumbles, scratch grains, sunflower seeds and various treats. One hen is several years old and the other just started laying this fall, but they have always been this way to a degree. The eggs from the BOs are just what you would expect from a fresh egg, nice thick whites that stay together. Any ideas on what might cause this?
     
  2. cowpie

    cowpie Out Of The Brooder

    11
    0
    22
    Dec 23, 2008
    Dorset,Ohio
    I hope someone has an idea on this,my eggs all seem a little runny.They are getting good feed,plenty of water,and their treats for the day is always bread or scratch.Even just this mornings egg will be runny!!!!!What do I need to do?
     
  3. Pitchfork

    Pitchfork Out Of The Brooder

    76
    22
    41
    Apr 11, 2008
    Oklahoma
    I am curious myself as my eggs will sometimes be runny for a time and then go back to be nice and firm.
     
  4. Mule Chick

    Mule Chick Out Of The Brooder

    37
    1
    24
    Aug 14, 2008
    Well, it seems like nobody has any ideas on this, but I guess it's nice to know I'm not the only one! It frustrating because I love to make a perfect poached egg and these two hens have the darkest most beautiful yokes, but the whites just don't hold together. Hopefully someone will have an idea.
     
  5. jslason

    jslason New Egg

    4
    0
    7
    Jun 10, 2009
    Watertown CT
  6. Land of Lost Toys

    Land of Lost Toys Out Of The Brooder

    73
    0
    39
    Jul 30, 2009
    Ohio
  7. buckabucka

    buckabucka Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,100
    78
    226
    Jan 13, 2010
    Fairfield, Maine
    My Coop
    wow, what a cool site. We don't even have our first chickens yet, but I am bookmarking interesting pages like crazy! [​IMG]
     
  8. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Quote:Where is the air cell - pointed end or round end?
     
  9. pardenx3

    pardenx3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    200
    1
    111
    Jan 24, 2010
    Talladega, Alabama
    I have never had runny whites, but I do have one of my girls who occasionaly lays one with a runny yolk.[​IMG] I think it is from one of the older girls.
     
  10. Mule Chick

    Mule Chick Out Of The Brooder

    37
    1
    24
    Aug 14, 2008
    Thanks for the link to that website. Although none of the causes given are really possible in my case. I'm assuming if a bird had infectious bronchitis there would be some sort of symptoms? All the birds seem pretty darn healthy. I've sort of been thinking that since it is a mother and daughter that do it, that it just might be the way they are.

    I've looked at those poaching pods a number of times, just haven't bought them yet. they seem like a pretty good idea.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by