Yolks to the side

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RGJM, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. RGJM

    RGJM New Egg

    Sep 16, 2016
    Pender Island, BC
    We often hard-boil the eggs from our chickens, just to have as a quick snack, sometimes to make devilled eggs. When slicing the egg in half to make devilled eggs, I noticed that the yolks of almost all the eggs are very close to the shell, leaving only a thin film of white. Is there a reason why? Our chickens are in good health and lay well, but I wondered if this was a sign of some deficiency or something... and it would be nice to be able to make some nice-looking devilled eggs! :)
  2. I was told it is because the egg is too fresh...Kind of the same concept as an older egg is easier to peal...Not sure...Old Ladies giving advise to me...Who knows?
  3. mechanic57

    mechanic57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2014
    Is it not normal for the yolk to be closer to one side? The yolk has a difference viscosity and specific gravity compare the the egg white, so I thought one sinks to the bottom while the other floats on top like mixing oil and water. If the egg is on its side in the pot as it boils, the yolk would sink to the bottom, then as the egg solidifies, it would appear to be on the side when you hold the egg with the pointed end up or down.
    Older eggs will have had more time for air to permeate the shell and as the contents of the shell condense, it leaves an air pocket inside the egg. Sitting these older eggs in water will cause the air pocket (wide end of the egg) to try to float up, making the egg stand on the point. This allows the yolk to settle more in the middle of the egg white. If the eggs are old enough to float all the way up off the bottom of the pot, they may be too old for consumption. I date all my eggs that I collect because I sell them. Of the ones I save for my family, I usually set eggs aside for a minimum of 3 weeks before boiling them. It lets the contents condense and it also keeps the membrane from sticking to the shell and tearing the egg apart when I peel it.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2016

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