September 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm #525830
Whaaaaaat is going on here?? Eggs from the same chook,laid two days apart.She lays everyday ,huge eggs , but this pale one is about 100gm.Why would it suddenly go pale? They free range daily and have access to crushed shell in their night pen , but I admit they were without shell for a few days while i got around to slow cooking them.Would that affect eggs a few days later? The pale shell is hard, just pale and a bit rough and wrinkly compared to the usual gorgeous eggs from that chook.Eggs from the other birds with her and Bill are not affected.September 11, 2012 at 12:37 am #525831
BW, your a good chooky owner knowing your chooks so well to see their eggs change colour 🙂 . I wonder if anyone knows the reason forcolour change!,im interested.
I’m just wishing for a clucky hen here..I have over 4doz eggs in the fridge, all family said they have more than enough. DH thinks that the girls wont sit becuase my roo is past it (he’s only 3 ish) :dry:September 11, 2012 at 2:34 am #525832
Vickie there are only four girls with Bill, so not so hard to know their eggs.One Barnevelder,two Loman Browns and the Australorp/RI Red cross that lays the ginormous eggs.Wish I had bouight three of her instead of the Lomans now,which lay well but smaller eggs,still a good size though.I bought those three “commercial” day olds for Fifi when her eggs failed to hatch.
I’m hoping that pale egg is not on the way to shell -less.September 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm #525833
It’s still early in the season for sitting, don’t worry! My girls have only just started thinking about it. A couple of pullets considered motherhood for a while, until I gave them the opportunity in the broody box, and they changed their minds quick smart. 😆
I have another one start the day before yesterday, so yesterday I put her in the broody box and she’s staying put so far.. crossing fingers and toes! I was upset when the neighbour started his crappy motorbike in the shed right near her yesterday – she popped out of the nest and I was worried she’d give up! So, last night I moved the whole thing to the other side of the yard.. and this morning the other neighbour starts construction and beep beep beep at 8am.. Urgh..
The good news is, she’s still sitting (I can see from the kitchen window now, at least!). If she keeps this up, I’ll give her some eggs to take care of. There are lots to choose from right now, and I’d love some chicks running around again! 🙂September 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm #525834
I had all four of mine finally nesting in the box, but now the Faverolles decided to go and lay under a bush where I cannot reach 🙁
I need a long stick with a net on the end! No idea where to get oneSeptember 12, 2012 at 12:23 am #525835
i have a sitting hen :cheer: !!
(Well she has been there since 11am today…fingers crossed! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:)
Miaowzen, try a fishing shop for your stick and net :shrug: 😉September 12, 2012 at 2:38 am #525836
Good luck with your broody lady! :cheer:September 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm #525837
BlueWren post=348668 wrote: Whaaaaaat is going on here?? Eggs from the same chook,laid two days apart.She lays everyday ,huge eggs , but this pale one is about 100gm.Why would it suddenly go pale? They free range daily and have access to crushed shell in their night pen , but I admit they were without shell for a few days while i got around to slow cooking them.Would that affect eggs a few days later? The pale shell is hard, just pale and a bit rough and wrinkly compared to the usual gorgeous eggs from that chook.Eggs from the other birds with her and Bill are not affected.
I don’t think it is really something to worry about, the shell grit won’t have any effect on the egg colour. The egg colour of brown/red eggs is actually a derivative from haemoglobin in their blood [Protoporphyrin or porphyrins], whilst green/blue eggs get their colour from bile duct secretions [oocyanin].
I also found this which might be helpful:
Although shell colour is mainly determined by genetics, the effect of strong sun and high temperatures on the hens can produce a fading effect on the shells. Why too much sun affects the surface pigmentation in this way is unknown, but it can be a problem for those who sell such eggs.
There are also other reasons why shell colour becomes paler. Stress, for example, can affect the colour intensity. A sudden disturbance to the normal routine may result in a hen retaining the egg within the shell gland area of the oviduct for a longer than normal period.
The presence of the coccidiostat Nicarbazin in the feed can produce paler shells. Again, make sure that only good quality organic or free-range feeds without this additive, and with the ingredients clearly listed on the label are used.
Viral infections can lead to loss of shell colour, as well as egg deformities and a reduction in egg numbers. They include Infectious bronchitis, Newcastle disease and Egg drop syndrome.
Older hens are more likely to produce paler eggshells than younger birds. Replacements will need to be made available on a regular basis if egg quality is to be maintained.
The presence of parasitic red mites that emerge at night to feed on the perching hens can have a debilitating effect on the birds, leading to anaemia and the loss of egg colour. Check the house and birds regularly. There are several proprietary products available for dealing with red mites.
Finally, the presence of parasitic worms can debilitate the chickens to the extent that their nutritional intake is affected. This, in turn, leads to the production of pale eggs. A wormer such as Flubenvet added to the feed is effective in getting rid of internal parasites. After treatment the birds should go out onto clean pasture that has not been used by poultry in the same season.September 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm #525838
Good luck with the broody Vickie! I’m still waiting for one of mine to go broody.
I have another sick chook. 🙁 She’s inside in a cat carrier with a really nasty secondary bacterial respiratory infection. She gurgles when she breathes and her breath is putrid. 🙁 I have her on a/bs which I think are starting to make a difference now [she’s less stinky lol!].September 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm #525839
Hi everyone, great to see everyones chooks are laying well. Today i was lucky enough to get 3 duck eggs, from 4 ducks. Little nibbles the duck that was attacked is now laying, and has made a full recovery. I am also getting 5 eggs from 7 Chooks the ones from my pullets are so cute and tiny, especially compared to the campbell duck eggs.
I too am eager to get a broody, I would like to buy in some splash/blue australorp eggs and take my chances.
Sorry its been a while since I have been online, Lots has been going on around here, busy busy busy.
Sorry to see you have a Sick chook Ravyk, hope she makes a speedy recoverySeptember 13, 2012 at 12:32 am #525840
DH moved the broody into the smaller pen and she seemed happy, but the tonight she tried to roost with the others. We shut her back in, so fingers crossed she gets back in the zone.
Ravyk, interesting stuff to read there that you copied in 🙂September 13, 2012 at 12:33 am #525841
I have a girl that’s 12 days into her second sitting for the season! And my best mother hen went back to roost in the main chook house tonight which means her raising is complete.
Hens go broody even if they’ve never seen a rooster so a 3 y- o rooster has no influence on broodiness. When the days get a little longer they’ll be prompted to sit.
My 6 pullet chicks will be rehomed on Saturday now that their mother has left them – always a sad day for us but people are soooo excited to receive them — especially when they have been on a waiting list for 2 years.September 13, 2012 at 1:20 am #525842
Edie, thats what i thought.. i have had many hens sit on eggs when they have never even met a boy. It’s bitter sweet seeling chooks. I wish i could keep all mine too 🙂September 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm #525843
It’s funny, now that information I got for BW actually applies to me! I noticed that my Marans eggs [which are very dark brown] are really pale now. So I’m off to try to discover the cause of that! Time for worming and dusting I think.September 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm #525844
There was some blood between the white and yolk of an egg I cooked this morning. Does that mean one of my girls is sick? :S
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