Monday, May 21, 2012

Bad Egg?

Yesterday we were gone most of the day and into the early hours of the morning today. So when I went out to the coop this morning;  I collected 5 eggs.  

Nothing unusual there. Five eggs is about average. Our Five older hens lay about once a day.
But there was something strange with one egg-- I don't know if you can tell by the photo or not; but it is oddly shaped almost flat on one side and it has 'RIPPLES' around the edges of the flat part. 

When you tap on a normal egg you get a solid TAP,TAP,TAP. 
Not this one. When you tap on it- you get a slightly high toned---tink,tink,tink. Like Crystal or glass for sure.
I'm not sure if it will be good to eat since the make up of the shell is different. A chickens egg is created in such a way to protect it naturally without any preservatives-- keeping the freshness locked inside, sort of like a zip lock baggie!  That is why it is not recommended to wash them but to wipe them gently with a soft brush or dry cloth before storing. 
  • Have any of you ever seen such a thing? 
  • What do you suppose it means,regarding the health of my chicken?
  • I need to do some research- I'm wondering if perhaps one of my chickens was 'egg bound' or what? 
  •   I haven't cracked it yet. What do you think, would you eat it?
  •  Any tips or ideas?

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gail@My Repurposed Life said...

I'm a city gal, so I say Nope, I wouldn't eat it. lol
but in all seriousness, I hope your chicken is okay, just a little hiccup.


Sunny Simple Life said...

I will be interested to know. Post it on

Kristina said...

Yep, had them here and ate them. No one got sick.

The Southern Peach-Girls said...

I have seen such thing before, it does look weird. But I was reading a blog and it said that if the egg is good (or ok to eat) then it's yolk will 'stand up'. And if it's bad then it will be flat. So I'd crack it open when you want to eat eggs in a small bowl and see which one it is.

-Flannery at A Farm Girl's Life

Indio said...

Occasionally, my chickens will lay an egg that has an odd ridge in it. I've eaten it and not gotten sick. Since the shell is the last part that's done to the egg prior to it being laid sometimes it gets ridges as it goes through the duct slowly.

TxFarmhouse said...

Just came across your blog..I've had plenty of eggs like that in the past and nothing was wrong with them. It's just the shell.

Angel said...

We had chickens when I was a kid and I remember eating weird shaped eggs and we are all still here. ;)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

It was fun to read the comments, looks like it is Ok, let us know what is inside!


Kelley said...

I read the comments but the "tink" sound kinda spooks me. We had chickens a while back and are thinking about doing this again. I am looking forward to following your blog. And thanks for your kind words.

leslie said...

sometimes it means your chiken needs more calcium. a great way to fix this is to take your chicken egg shells as you us them, and put them in a small bucket. once you have filled it crush them to smaller pieces. then lay them out on a baking sheet and bake them at 350 degrees for about 5-10 minutes. then crush the shells into bit sized pieces. i use it as another food source but other people may add it to their feed. i dont because my chickens pick them out or around them. my chickens never peck at their eggs, some people think they will but so far mine havent and i have been doing it for about 2 years. i hope this helps!

The Boston Lady said...

Whoa there Pat! I have never seen an egg like that, being a city slicker and all. Glad you got a lot of info from your comments. I too hope you follow up and show us how the egg looked when you cracked it. Ann

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What an interesting post, Pat! I've enjoyed reading all the comments!

Laura said...

Your egg shells are getting thin because the hens need more calcium. When they are thin like that, the eggs sometimes get 'wrinkles' in the shell and/or become lopsided during development.

Feed back the egg shells - rinse and dry them, crush them and scatter them in the run. You can also supplement with oyster shell - they have it at the feed store.

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