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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:52 am 
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Hi,

we have 3 bantam wyandottes. They are terrific layers but they keep hiding their eggs. Spring has sprung and before we knew it, one has laid a dozen eggs and is now sitting on them. We have thrown away so many eggs over the last two years. I'm getting sick of it! People tell us that if we crack the eggs one by one and smell, we can tell if they're safe to eat. Do you think that's true?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:06 am 
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Sure, crack the egg into a glass and check it looks ok. If there's a chick developing or if the internals are anything other than good looking don't eat it.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:05 pm 
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Yes absolutely. Any that have been under a sitting hen for more than a day or two i hard boil and feed back in a mash. But if they havent been sat on they shoild be fine. If in doubt I always break into a cup first. I give away a lot of eggs but I never give away any suspect ones just in case!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:27 pm 
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Thanks Andrew and Nelly,

we'll have quiche for dinner tomorrow. :) The poor silly chook is now carrying on because her eggs were stolen. :(

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:30 am 
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Put eggs in a bowl of water 1st, if they float they are definitely no good


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:47 pm 
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Yes I second that, when fresh they will sit flat on the bottom of water container, as they age slowly the egg starts to rotate the big end up and once off will float to.the top.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:12 pm 
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Does that work if the egg has started developing, however? The sink/float works because as the egg ages, the air space at the fat end gets larger, so the egg gets lighter.

In a developing egg, the airsac doesn't necessarily get larger, and there's this developing chick inside that, I imagine, must weigh a bit ... so sink/float may not work ... ?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:19 pm 
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When you do a float test (for hatching) a developed egg will float. The size of the bit above the water co responds to the size of the airspace - which means that if the egg (at hatching time) doesn't dance (chick DIS) you can estimate the stage of development of the embryo. In this case an old egg will sink (or stink).

I think that your best bet is to train them to use the 'approved nest box' by keeping them locked in until they have laid, or failing that, put some golf balls or fake eggs into their chosen nest so that it is never completely emptied - making them feel the need to find a new hiding spot.


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