My son's bantam hen has been laying eggs since the end of July. About once a week she will lay an egg that is scrambled (for lack of a better word) inside. They smell fine but look a bit cloudy...and maybe that is because of the "scrambling" We have not been eating them. Why is this happening?
Cloudy in Michigan
ooooOOOOOooooo! Ms. Lizzy sees cloudiness as a sign that your farm-fresh eggs are VERY fresh! The "clouds" are caused by carbon dioxide dissolved in the whites, and after while, the gas escapes through the shell wall as the egg 'ages'. If the white of the egg is greenish, that usually means there is too much riboflavin in their vittles. If you feed a good brand of layer mash or pellet, your Ladies will be getting a balanced diet for their egg laying needs. Eating acorns (HEAVEN FORBID that Ms. Lizzy would munch on ACORNS! Pttuie!) or certain types of weeds can cause that greenish tinge, or means that there is too much riboflavin in your Girl's diet. Whites can take on a pinkish hue as well, and that is caused by high amounts of cottonseed meal. These eggs are not harmful to eat, but again, be sure that the Ladies have access to good layer mash if they are free range hens.
Since you did not send a picture of the 'scrambled appearance' of the Egg In Question, Ms. Lizzy can only surmise that perhaps what you were seeing was a large string, or lumpy thickness inside the egg. This attachment is called the Chalaza, and it anchors the yolk to the center of the egg. This is a sign of a fresh quality egg!
Cluck Cluck! Thanks for typing!