Watery Whites?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Toast, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. Toast

    Toast Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2007
    I noticed that since my hens are foraging more, my yolks are deeper orange, however, the whites are super runny now like water almost. Why is that? I do't think it's necessary related to the hens being on grass but that's the only change as of late.

    Are the eggs safe to eat?
  2. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    My 5 Barred Rock Pullets "free range" in a 2,500 square foot enclosure. They have been laying since just after Christmas, and lay eggs with a very orange yolk (much more than store bought eggs) and they tend to have "runnier" whites.

    In my (small) experience, this is normal - and all our eggs are delicious! We have not wasted one egg since they started laying - they're too good to let go to waste.

    Others with more experience will weigh-in here, but I think what your describing sounds normal.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    The only time I have a problem with watery whites is in the middle of winter, if eggs froze or almost froze. It's not a problem for me, otherwise. We free range from spring to fall.

    For me, eggs from the store have always been the ones with watery whites. I always thought it was because store eggs are so old by the time you buy them. That's one of the reasons I like fresh.
  5. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    I have to respond...we only get 3-4 eggs a day (occasionally 5). In a family of four...we eat them all, daily. They are never stale. They are eaten within 24 hourse of laying....and are never older than 4 hours old when collected.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2009
  6. americana-chick

    americana-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2008
    i let mine free range and there whites and yolk are very thick that i can barely get them out of the egg sometimes!
    i think they should still be ok to eat.

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