Why Watery Egg Whites from One Hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Barry Natchitoches, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Songster

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    One of my hens is laying eggs that are larger than the other gals (generally 2 and 1/4 ounces, sometimes 2 and 1/2 ounces), light brown but with white specks on the egg shell, and when you crack open the eggs, the whites are as thin as plain water. The yolks are normal, except they sometimes break a little easier than other yolks. But it is as if the egg white was nothing but plain water.


    My other hens lay normal eggs with the normal thick egg white liquid.


    Why is this happening? I can now tell the watery egg before I even crack it open, because it is larger and looks different than the other eggs.


    What should I do about it?


    Right now, I'm throwing her eggs out, because I don't trust that watery egg white.
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2010
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

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    Your hen might have infectious bronchitis (IB). Watery whites are a symptom of IB. Read up on it and see if the other symptoms are indicated in your hen as well. Good luck.
     
  3. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
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    Sounds like she is laying store bought eggs [​IMG]

    I would check out IB, it's highly contagious. I would segregate her from the rest of the flock.
     

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