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What are the little bumps on eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MyChickpeas, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. MyChickpeas

    MyChickpeas Out Of The Brooder

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    I've had someone tell me that if an egg has those little bumps on it's shell that means that it is fertile. I'm pretty sure this isn't the case but what are those bumps anyway?
     
  2. pinkfeather

    pinkfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol No, not fertile eggs. [​IMG] It could be lice eggs or just little bumps. One of our girls laid fine eggs, until 1 day they had clusters of little bumps on them and they've been that way every since. But I would check for lice incase. It could also be extra calcium.
     
  3. MyChickpeas

    MyChickpeas Out Of The Brooder

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    It's definately not lice eggs, I looked up the pics and man was that gross! [​IMG] The bumps seem to be connected and made of the shell material. Perhaps the calcium like you suggested.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Calcium deposits on the eggshell.
     
  5. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A pic would help...but they do sound like calcium deposits....harmless.
     
  6. peacemaam

    peacemaam Out Of The Brooder

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    Like this? I was wondering the same thing, I'm new to chickens. My girls just started about a month ago and every once in a while I get an egg like this, I'm thinking maybe giving them too many "treats" they get a hand full of durum, handful of scratch and whatever veggies or fruits everyday.. :/ I know I spoil them [​IMG]
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, it's just excess calcium.
     
  8. peacemaam

    peacemaam Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, I figured. My husband will freak out and say I didn't get all the poop off and won't eat it :/ he is a cry baby :D
     
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