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Egg Question - thick albumen?

 
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Off and on over the years we have had chickens.  We moved and our daughter moved to our house and is using our chicken house. Our daughter has a rooster.

This morning we cracked some eggs that had a thick blobs of whitish egg white.  Some the blobs encased the yolk,  I set them aside for a treat for the dog.

What is going on? Are these fertile eggs that stayed in the nest longer than usual?  Maybe I should float them?
 
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If I understand you correctly Anne, the thick egg white is opaque? The eggs from my chickens have always had two "kinds" of egg white. A very thick part that appears to be surrounding the yolk, and a thinner runnier more liquid like outer egg white. The amount of these in my chickens eggs vary. When I crack them into the frying pan in the morning, sometimes it's mostly the thick part, appearing to hold a 1/4" high blob around the yolk, and other eggs I crack into the pan just run everywhere covering almost a quarter of my 12" skillet. The albumen in my chickens eggs always seems transparent, though I have come across cloudy egg whites from other farm eggs I've purchased in the winter when my chickens aren't laying.
 
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I think I know what you're talking about. Do they look like this?




or like this?




Sometimes it can be that the egg is super fresh and the gasses in the egg haven't yet escaped the albumen.  Other times, it can be that the egg was partially frozen before it was collected so the albumen is somewhat ruined.  I've also seen this from older hens just before they stop laying for the season.  I don't think it has anything to do with the new rooster though.  :)
 
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Thanks, James and Craig

They looked like the top picture.

I don't think they are fresh eggs as she brought them to us on 3/31 and she brought us 54 eggs (3 x 18ct cartons).

At least I know that it is OK for the dog to eat them.

It is hard to believe we have never seen this before.
 
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Nothing wrong with those eggs, it is a matter of egg age (eggs are good for up to 30 days without refrigeration if they are unwashed eggs.

Nice photo Craig, really nice eggs too.

We occasionally find little blood spots but those too are no big deal, they come from the hen straining a bit during the formation of the egg shell just before laying.
 
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Thanks everyone for the comments.  Due to maybe the way we were brought up (as don't eat those); I give them to the dog, one a day.  I still have 4 of those same eggs.  I use the test method to make sure they are still ok..





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