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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Wrinkle in an Egg




I have raised small flocks of chickens for over 30 years now & every now and then I'll get an egg that is not perfect. 
I had one of those eggs recently. One good thing is that I had only one egg and not a series of eggs. I take that as a sign of no major infection concerns. I could be wrong but I see no signs of illness.


This egg is wrinkled or Corrugated shell ( I believe more the latter)


From what I can find out... that is most likly a stress related cause by being an overly large egg (which it is) or having two yolks release by the ovary relately close together.
For more imformation to can go here that is a PDF of 20 common egg shell problems and here at Backyard Chickens website on Common egg quality problems.
I hope this helps anyone who on occasion come across an egg that is not perfect. 
I know it helps me. 

Another good resource is "The Chicken Encyclopedia" by Gail Damerow.
Its a good general information resource to help you raise your chickens



7 comments:

  1. Thank you for the info, but have you craked the egg open yet? What was inside?

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  2. You learn something new everyday! I would love to have chickens but love to travel so it is not a possibility at the moment.

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  3. When I was a kid we had a White Leghorn hen and she lived to be 12 years old. Even at that advanced age she was still laying eggs, one big egg per week. It was always a double-yolked egg, the shells were always elongated and had all sorts of bumps and wrinkles in them. We just figured it was due to her old age!

    Really interesting and informative post, thank you for sharing. What a weird looking egg that one was! :)

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  4. I remember seeing this from time to time when I was young and helped the lady next door with her egg business. I always remember they always seemed to be large when this happened. They always facinated me but never knew why it happened.

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  5. I have a weird egg every now and then...........a couple of times I have has soft ones too............now that felt weird........

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