Why are my eggs so hard to crack?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by horsewishr, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. horsewishr

    horsewishr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My eggs are very difficult to crack. They "smash," rather than cracking clean open. I don't think it's the shells. I think it's a membrane thing. What's up with that??????? Can anything be done to change it?
     
  2. chickengirlnm

    chickengirlnm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the eggs I have been getting from my buff rock are hard to crack also - they will crack like normal but the shell seems to be very thick, I always thought it was because my hens eat so good that they lay nice thick shelled eggs - but of course I could be wrong, hope someone has the answaer for you.

    Julie
     
  3. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    You could feed them more protien and less calcium, I hadn't yet started feeding my chickens layer pellets and the shells of their eggs were easier to crack.

    Personally I like the hard shells, you could drop them by accident and not make a big ole mess.

    Not sure about the membrane thing, someone else might have a better idea.
     
  4. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL... I am glad I am not the only one out there with the hard shelled situation!!! Most of my eggs do have hard shells, I do have some that are not so hard but not as many. I too chalked it up to my girls are eating well. LOL
     
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    My girls lay eggs with really hard shells, too. Family members that I've given eggs to noticed it as well. Mine are still pullets, so I figured that might be part of the reason? I don't feed extra calcium - just free-choice commercial feed, grass...and lots of goodies.
     
  6. chickengirlnm

    chickengirlnm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    glad i am not the only one who thought it was good food LOL
     
  7. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    I noticed that the inner white lining of the shell was pretty apparent and strong. I really had to tear it to crack the egg fully open.
     
  8. horsewishr

    horsewishr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's what I'm talking about. Exactly. It's not the shell, but the membrane. I was wondering if it's possible that it will change as my hens age??? Maybe they're just laying really strong, young eggs now???
     
  9. cheapcheap_jeepjeep

    cheapcheap_jeepjeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same issue with my pullets eggs, but my hens eggs are not as hard. I just thought it was is is so young.
     
  10. 3peeps

    3peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had eggs like that from my friend...they were stronger when they were younger.

    But the SILKIE eggs...man...they are like little fortresses. That small size and oval shape makes them a miracle of physics and a huge mess once you finally get in.
     

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