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emma102068



Joined: 03 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 09 5:12 pm    Post subject: WATERY EGG WHITES  Reply with quote    

my chickens have been laying well through the winter but for some reason i have been getting quite a few (well probably more rather than less) eggs with runny whites in them just wondered if anyone knew why thi was happening

HedgeComber



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 09 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi emma, it is a sign of an older egg. Often supermarket eggs are like this and are rubbish for poaching as the white goes everywhere.

I have no idea what could be causing it if they have just been laid though.

Hello all btw

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 09 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I agree Hedgecomber, older eggs, while still perfectly good to eat, tend to have runnier whites.

Welcome to the forum

SarahB



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 09 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have one hen (out of three) that lays odd shaped eggs with very runny whites. The other's eggs all sit like nicely contained blobs in a frying pan but hers spread out all over.

They still taste good and she gets the same food and conditions as the others.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 09 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Could be the cold temperatures, if your not collecting the eggs frequently enough.

We had a hen go off and lay in a bush - took us all of 3 days to see where she went. Opened all the eggs - runny whites, except the 3rd egg, which we saw her lay. It was fine. This was during the very cold spell a week ago.
So we have to surmise that the eggs being left in the cold.....made the egg white runny.
All the hens laying in the shed are fine, the temp in here being higher.

SarahB



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 09 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hmm, could be. But they all lay in the hen house, which is outside and unheated.

Dunno, I figure I just have an odd hen.

emma102068



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 09 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

think i will have to go with the being cold theory as i can use a day old egg and it still be runny

alice



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 09 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The 'cold' theory is interesting. I've only noticed watery whites this last few weeks (not my hens, mine are slacking ) and we are currently having the coldest weather I've experienced in the three winters we've been here. So there you go

SarahB



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 09 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine have been slacking the past couple of days too.

alice



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 09 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Couple of days? I haven't seen an egg from mine for months

emma102068



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 09 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

think i may have been lucky with my hens although they not laying one each every day as they do in the summer i am yet to have a day with no eggs. so even if i do get quite a few with runny whites i suppose i should not complain!

tazilady



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 10 4:26 pm    Post subject: Watery Egg Whites Reply with quote    

Hi Everyone, I was Reading your posts with considerable interest, as my girls are suffering the same plight. I did some research and came up with one possibility for watery egg whites that has not been mentioned here at all. Are your girls getting to much Vanadium...? It is a mineral found in some vegtables. I feed our girls on a diet of pellets, mash, which I mix with tap hot water (which they go bananas for) and 2 carrots and a good helping of spinnach per day, between our nine girls. When I saw the article on vanadium, I wondered just out of curiosity if spinnach may contain said mineral and yes it does, quite a high proportion. I have since cut the spinnach out of their diets and I am awaiting results with interest. Other vegtables also contain vanadium, so I suggest anyone interested take a look at the article. I just entered vandium into the google search engine and found it that way. Some articles say it is because the egg is too fresh or contradictingly too old. As a cause both those seem unlikely to me as not all our girls are suffering from watery whites and we have tried all their eggs at diferent ages after being laid, with the same watery result. I have to say at this point that not all of them like spinnach either. It's deffinitely a head scratcher.....and I want to go back to the days of beautifully rotund poached eggs.

Sonny



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 10 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the cold is nothing to do with it, infact commercial breeding farms keep the eggs chilled unti they are collected by the hatchery lorry.
The easiest way to maintain eggs at high quality is to store them in cartons in the frigde as soon as possible after they are laid.Clean eggs, free of visible defects of the shell and contents, will then remain at high quality for up to three months and will still be as 'fresh' as eggs stored for seven days at room temperature.They can be stored for longer periods but the quality will begin to deteriorate noticeably.
The cartons reduce water loss and help prevent flavours from other foods from being absorbed into the eggs and remember only clean uncracked eggs should be stored.Mucky eggs should be used immediately and under no circumstances should eggs for in-shell storage be washed as this removes the surface bloom and makes the eggs more susceptible to attack by microbes and keep dirty or cracked eggs separate to avoid contamination of the clean eggs.If you must clean them do as they at the breeding farms and use some very fine sand paper on them.
Also a nervous or flighty bird often lays an egg with thinner albumen layers(the white) just due to the stress levels

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 10 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

not enough rats in the diet ?

Vanessa



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 10 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sonny wrote:
the cold is nothing to do with it, infact commercial breeding farms keep the eggs chilled unti they are collected by the hatchery lorry.


The cold CAN have something to do with it ... if it's cold enough! I've had eggs close to freezing, and that has thinned the whites.

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