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What causes soft yolks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicksgalore, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For the past few months of cold weather, we have been noticing the yolks in our eggs are very soft--that is to say they break very easily, whether you're frying them or trying to separate them for baking. Just wondering if anyone knows what would cause this?
     
  2. rowan1

    rowan1 Out Of The Brooder

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    try hard boiling? LOL
     
  3. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are your birds caged up or free range? I find free range birds have strong yolks wile cage ones have soft yolks.
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Hmmm never heard of that. Mine are cooped and theirs are nice and firm....
     
  5. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As the hens get older the egg isn't as stong. Could be causing it.
     
  6. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    I haven't had too many yolk problems, though I did have a marbleized yolk a little over a week ago. My older girls, however, are laying eggs with really runny whites.
     
  7. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls are free range and the majority of the eggs I'm getting right now are from new layers that just started about a month ago...

    This might sound stupid but I have a lot of roosters I need to cull right now--this wouldn't have anything to do with it?
     
  8. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Could be freezing during the day. Do you collect several times a day or once at night? Freezing and then thawing will make them less firm and runnier.
     
  9. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could have something there--we gather at night and it has been below freezing a lot here lately.
     
  10. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    That could be it then. I noticed that some of my eggs get mostly frozen, not frozen enough to crack open, and then they thaw out. The contents are more runny than a fresh laid warm egg.
     

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