Weak yolks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BBQJOE, Jun 8, 2017.


    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Void where prohibited.
    For starters, the search engine here sucks dingo's kidneys.

    I'm sure I'm not the only person here to ask why my egg yolks aren't very sturdy, but put "weak yolks" into the search, and you can find just about ANYTHING else, but.

    Anyways, what do you birdheads got on yolks that break too easy?


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  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sometimes my yolks break easily, and I think it's because they start to develop. Not long enough to really develop blood vessels or anything, but long enough to weaken the yolk.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Indeed it does, didn't think it could get worse than it was...but yeah.
    Dingo Kidneys :lau

    Anyway. Not sure why some yolks are weak, maybe just like some shells are weak.
    Don't think it has to do with developing fertile eggs, tho could be older eggs,
    but I've had fresh ones seem weak.
    Are all your eggs weak yolked or just some?
    Could just be one bird with a funky system.

    Tried an advanced search with the 'search threads and posts' tab clicked,
    and titles only checked on weak yolks.
    Are those the same results you got?
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    Before I started collecting hatching eggs this spring, I put my flock on multi vitamins and glucosamine. Those vitamins made a huge difference in egg quality. Eggs were fine before the vitamins. But after being on the vitamins for a while, I noticed a huge improvement in the structure of the entire egg. The inner and outer membrane were very strong, as was the shell. I had to fight my way into the egg in order to crack it! The yolk membrane was also very strong, to the point where I had to push quite hard with the spatula to break the yolk when I was frying it.

    This little experiment has convinced me of 2 things:

    #1: All the hoopla about "calcium in the diet" is only part of the story. Birds need a COMPLETE diet in order to metabolize the calcium in the feed or OS.

    #2: Prepared chicken feed is merely adequate. If you want superior eggs, you need to provide superior input.

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