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#5965 - 09/27/02 07:31 AM Long egg?
Oakie Offline
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Registered: 08/30/02
Posts: 415
Loc: Oklahoma
My Leghorns just started laying about a week ago and lst night I went out and there was the strengest looking egg in the box. The shell was fine but seemed extra long? All the others were regular looking, but I have now gotten two of these strange long eggs. Does anyone know why this is happening?

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#5966 - 09/27/02 08:07 AM Re: Long egg?
D. Caveny Offline
Ruler of the Roost

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 1102
Loc: Arizona
Egg shape is highly heritable (it is controlled by genes). Eggs vary in shape from long and skinny to round like a basket ball. Anyone who breeds chickens should eliminate all females from the breeding program which lay either long or round eggs and strive for proper egg shape. Some broiler lines and the old Darby Leghorn line were famous for round eggs...a trait which makes it most difficult to set eggs in the incubator with the air cell up. This results in poor hatches because of malpositions caused by setting eggs with the air cell down. Also misshappen eggs do not pack securely in egg flats or cartons...resulting in increased cracks and breakage in the product.

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#5967 - 09/27/02 08:36 AM Re: Long egg?
J. Henderson Offline
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Registered: 08/16/02
Posts: 674
Loc: New York
The odd shape of an egg, long, asymmetrical, or wrinkled, is enough to reduce it to Grade B. Grades are established by individual state, not federally, in the US; I don't know about elsewhere, so conditions may vary depending on where you are. Since Grade B eggs can't be sold in grocery stores, few of us who have not had chickens before, were likely to realize the diversity in shape that eggs can take.

Small scale direct sellers are exempt from grading eggs in most states, so we are free to sell the long, round, and otherwise atypical eggs to our customers. One of our strongest marketing edges is the surprise we can provide in every dozen, with the multiple colors, different sizes, and varieties of shapes never seen in stores.

Anyone know what causes wrinkled shells? We only saw it in our older hens' jumbo sized eggs until yesterday, when one of our green eggs, merely large, had a similar wrinkled pattern in the shell.

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#5968 - 09/27/02 09:06 AM Re: Long egg?
Rob Offline
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 783
Loc: Pennsylvania
It may cause a squak in the henhouse, but a square egg would simplify packaging.

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#5969 - 09/27/02 04:08 PM Re: Long egg?
Bill Ludwig Offline
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Registered: 07/17/02
Posts: 2582
Loc: Ohio
We have a hen that lays a long egg. Since the eggs are for use we dont care. As mentioned though they dont hatch well and if some one bought them they would think they got shorted but they eat just fine laugh

Bill

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#5970 - 09/27/02 04:49 PM Re: Long egg?
Anonymous
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You mentioned that your birds just started laying. The "strange" shaped eggs might slowly go away. Thats alot of stress on a young birds body, and things need to become conditioned. I've seen some weird first eggs! Its been my experience that most hens start with small elongated eggs and after time they lay nice "egg shapped" eggs. Dont worry, things will probably change. wink

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#5971 - 09/27/02 05:07 PM Re: Long egg?
Anonymous
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I have two cochins that lay long eggs.. one is longish for an egg and the other is just long! while most the eggs are about 2" long and over an inch wide, my longest egg is just over 2" long while being just shy of 3/4"... I do sell eggs and most of the people buying them often return not only to buy more, but to talk about the interesting ones that they found in the carton... smile
by the way, the long egg layer's been laying the same long eggs now for two weeks... laugh

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#5972 - 09/27/02 05:41 PM Re: Long egg?
Susie Offline
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 1902
Loc: Arkansas
I love the odd eggs. It is true that sometimes a new layer will give you a few weird ones and then things get normal. I consistently get a long one with ridges on the shell, from one of my production reds. It's fun and my customers enjoy the odd ones too. However, it's also true that the weird ones don't hatch well and I never choose them when we're hatching.

Susie

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#5973 - 10/08/02 09:08 AM Re: Long egg?
D. Caveny Offline
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 1102
Loc: Arizona
JHenderson Wrinkled eggs are usually caused by Infectious Bronchitis. The Holland and Arkansas serotypes are often identified with this happening. Evidently the virus causes damage to the uterus which makes the egg shell wrinkled. Once the damage is done it is permanent. This can be prevented by a vaccination program...contact your local Poultry Extension Specialist for information pertaining to your area.

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#5974 - 10/08/02 12:18 PM Re: Long egg?
J. Henderson Offline
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Registered: 08/16/02
Posts: 674
Loc: New York
Fortunately, none of our birds have shown any signs of coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, frothy exudate in the eyes, or odd or depressed behavior, and the wrinkled green egg was a one time only phenomenon, now a couple weeks ago, so I suspect a cause other than Infectious Bronchitis in this case.

The first wrinkled eggs we had were from a couple Hubbard Golden Comets who started laying huge wrinkled eggs after were over five years old. They both had other indications, now that you mention it, of damage to the uterus, but from weakened systems from so many years of laying.

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