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Q: My hens are eating their eggs. What can I do to stop them?
A: First things first: collect your eggs regularly. The faster you are, the fewer opportunities your "girls" will have to be naughty and eat those eggs!... read more

Q: Do I need to give my hens oyster shell or supplemental calcium?
A: If your hens have a good, "complete" layer feed, they may not ever need read more

Q: At what age do hens start laying eggs?
A: On average, pullets, or juvenile hens, start laying eggs at about 6 months of age, depending on the breed. Larger, heavier birds like Wyandottes,... read more

Q: Is there any nutritional difference between white, brown, green and blue eggs?
A: We like them all, Sam-I-Am! No, there is no difference in terms of edibility, health, or nutrition in different-colored egg shells. (See below if you... read more

Q: How do brown eggs become brown (instead of white)?
A: The brown color in an egg is laid on in the chicken's reproductive tract by the shell gland pouch. Some breeds lay a tinted egg with a very light... read more

Q: How do blue eggs become blue (instead of white or brown)?
A: Whereas the brown color of an egg is laid on the outside of the shell, the blue color actually goes all the way through the shell, even to the inside... read more

Q: Are fertilized eggs okay to eat?
A: Fertilized eggs are fine to eat, in fact some people consider them to be healthier than unfertilized eggs. It is impossible to taste the difference,... read more

Q: Can you tell the sex of chicks when they're still in the egg?
A: There is no way to tell the difference between an egg that will hatch a female chick and an egg that will hatch a male chick (excluding, perhaps,... read more

Q: My chickens are 7 months old and I still haven't seen an egg. Why?
A: First, you should make sure they are on a good chicken feed. Once they have begun laying, switch to layer pellet or crumble; until then, feed them... read more

Q: What is the best way to wash and store my eggs?
A: It's counter-intuitive but true: Your eggs will stay fresher if you don't wash them at all. When your hens lay eggs, there is a natural coating that... read more

Q: What do I need to know about ordering fertile hatching eggs from My Pet Chicken?
A: My Pet Chicken absolutely guarantees that the fertile, hatching eggs you order from us will arrive intact and ready for incubation. After ordering,... read more

Q: How long do hens lay eggs ?
A: Chickens usually don't simply "stop" laying eggs when they get to a certain age, but they will lay fewer as they get older. That said, most laying... read more

Q: My hen's egg shells have rough patches, and sometimes little hard pimples on the shell. Should I be concerned?
A: If your chicken is young, sometimes rough shells occur for a while until her egg-laying cycle has settled. Older chickens may also lay eggs with... read more

Q: Why does my hen sometimes lay eggs with ridges halfway down the shell?
A: You may be describing what is called a "body checked egg." Body checks are ridges or grooves that occur around an egg, usually at the pointed end.... read more

Q: I just found a little dark spot in my hen's egg, but I don't even have a rooster! How can this happen?
A: These spots aren't related to having a rooster--or not!--in your flock. Presuming they are fertile, eggs with blood or meat spots are actually less... read more

Q: What does the word " broody " mean?
A: When a hen is broody, that means she wants to hatch her eggs. A breed known as broody has hens that often, individually go broody, and they may not... read more

Q: Why did my chicken lay a shell-less egg?
A: Chickens need a lot of calcium to create good, hard shells, so most incidences of shell-less eggs in an adult hens are related to not having enough... read more

Q: Why are the whites of my chickens' eggs watery?
A: Usually the whites of very fresh eggs such as you may gather from your own flock will be very thick in comparison to what you may be used to seeing... read more

Q: The whites of my chickens' eggs are a funny color--what does that mean?
A: Cloudy whites in a farm egg are usually indicative of its freshness. The cloudiness is caused by dissolved carbon dioxide in the white, which... read more

Q: Are there signs that a hen may be laying?
A: If you are looking for visual signs that your young pullet is getting ready to come into lay, those might include the fact that her comb will get... read more

Q: How many roosters do I need in order that my hens will lay eggs?
A: None. Hens will lay eggs whether there are roosters around or not, just as female humans will ovulate regardless of the sexes of their companions.... read more

Q: How can I incubate eggs that will hatch female chicks only?
A: A study in Australia (Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 11(4) 664 - 672) has shown that eggs stored at 40 degrees Fahrenheit (rather than... read more

Q: How is sex determined in chickens and what does it mean?
A: If you want to know how to tell the difference between males and females in chickens, please see our related questions, below. This question... read more

Q: Why do I need to store my eggs large end up?
A: Storing your eggs large end up will keep them freshest. This is because the air cell in an egg is located at the large end, so less moisture will... read more

Q: How do I cook with bantam eggs?
A: The eggs of bantam chickens are smaller than the eggs we're used to seeing in the grocery store. Just how small? Of course, it really depends on the... read more

Q: Which bantam breeds should I choose if I want them for eggs?
A: Bantam eggs in general are quite small by comparison to what you see in the grocery store, but they taste just as good as the eggs of large fowl, and... read more

Q: My hen laid a teeny tiny egg, and when I cracked it open, there was no yolk! Should I be concerned?
A: Awww, isn't that cute! Tiny, yolkless eggs are sometimes known as witch eggs or fairy eggs. Occasionally a hen will lay a fairy egg when something... read more

Q: Should I be concerned about lead in the environment when I keep chickens?
A: It's not a common problem, but it is an area of concern. Common sense will tell you not to keep your chickens around peeling or flaking paint, lead... read more

Q: I got a terrible hatch. Does that mean most of my eggs were infertile?
A: No, a terrible hatch doesn't mean that most or even any of your eggs were infertile! They may all have been fertile. Remember, just because an egg... read more

Q: I've been noticing that in some of our eggs, the yolk will have settled to one side. What could be causing this?
A: Of course, we can't know for sure what may be going on, but we can offer some information that may assist you in figuring it out!

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Q: Should I be concerned that my hen laid an egg with blood on the shell?
A: When a hen has just begin laying, there can occasionally be a little blood on the egg shell, but it is usually no cause for concern. Eventually her... read more

Q: How long can eggs be left outside once they've been laid before being refrigerated?
A: You will want to gather eggs every day, and refrigerate them as soon as they've been gathered. This keeps them freshest. However, in the "good old... read more

Q: What breed of chicken lays double yolked eggs?
A: There is no one special breed that lays double yolkers. Occasionally a hen may lay a double yolker when her ovaries release two yolks at once, rather... read more

Q: During the past two weeks I have been collecting some eggs with large amounts of blood on them and am wondering if there are steps to take in reducing egg size. I'm worried about egg binding. Could I be overfeeding my flock?
A: It is not likely that the problem is overfeeding. We recommend feeding free choice and not limiting their feed: underfeeding usually causes more... read more

Q: The eggs from the grocery store are so flat compared to eggs from my hens. Is it because my hens are pasture raised? What could cause that?
A: Eggs from your own hens normally have very "tall" yolks because they can be so very fresh! It's not because they are pasture raised, though. The... read more

Q: One of our chickens is not laying in the nest box. Is this common and what should I do?
A: Don't worry. It is relatively common, and nothing to be too concerned about. It's more of an annoyance than anything. After all, you don't want to... read more

Q: Do you sell chicken eggs that have been in a incubator for a while and will only take a couple days to hatch?
A: I'm afraid it's not possible to stop incubation, ship the eggs, and then restart incubation afterwards. The chicks would die. It would be akin to a... read more

Q: I have one of the inexpensive styrofoam incubators with no turner or fan, and I'm having trouble keeping the temperature steady inside the incubator. What could be causing the temperature to go up and down so much... is it that I have to open and close the incubator to turn the eggs?
A: Of course we can't know for sure what may be causing the problem in your case, but we can try to mention a few things that might typically cause... read more

Q: I'm loving the delicious eggs my hens are giving me... but I'm having trouble peeling the hard boiled eggs, because the shell sticks and I end up losing half my egg white. What breed should I order this year so that the eggs will be easier to peel?
A: Any breed you order will be fine. The problem is not related to the breed you have, so choose your favorite!

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Q: What size egg is best for hatching?
A: There is no special size that is best across all breeds. Think about it: some breeds lay very large eggs because the chicks are comparatively large;... read more

Q: I want all my eggs to hatch, so is there any type of chicken breed that has a higher hatching rate for their eggs?
A: This is one of those questions where it's hard to tell what exactly you're asking, a question that tells us you're probably a beginner at incubation.... read more

Q: The eggs from one of our hens always have a strange, unpleasant fishy smell to them. It's not that the eggs are old. Even when we are able to gather and refrigerate her eggs directly after she lays, her eggs always have that fishy smell. Is she sick?
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If this is the only symptom you're seeing, she's probably not sick. (If she does show other signs of illness you will want to take her to a... read more

Q: I was told to "calibrate" my incubator thermometer so it reads the right temperature. How do I do that?

A: It's definitely best to calibrate any new thermometer you are using for your incubator. You need to make sure your thermometer is reading correctly,... read more

Q: Why don't you sell Red Star hatching eggs?
A: "Red Stars" are hybrid birds; the rooster is one breed while the hen is another. Because of the genetics of the two breeds, the Red Star chicks are... read more

Q: Why do chickens lay different colored eggs?
A: Well, we can tell you HOW the different colors are made, but there really isn't a good answer as to WHY the different colors are produced. (To read... read more

Q: Is it ever okay to help a chick out of the shell?
A: Generally speaking you will NOT want to intervene in the hatching process. If conditions in the incubator are right, it can take 24 hours for a chick... read more

Q: Why do my hens stop or almost stop laying in the late fall and winter months?
A: A chicken's reproductive cycle begins in her eye. Or according to the read more