There are millions if not billions of eggs shipped to markets every day. Most of the time, one egg is just like the other. However, there are rare exceptions when an egg can have issues, making them unsafe to consume. One man recently went on Redditt to ask folks if the eggs he brought home from the market were safe to eat after finding what looks like bead-like objects inside one of them. The picture he took was pretty shocking and had a lot of folks nervous about cracking open the eggs in their fridge.
The man began with the question:
The OP then clarified a bit in another comment:
One of the commentators was able to identify the strange beads found in the eggs. He pointed out that a chicken’s ovaries are far too small for anyone to see using the naked eye.
It turns out that the beads were actually just calcium deposits, basically the same stuff that makes up the egg’s shell. Sometimes a shell can leave grainy, soft deposits that are easy to scrape away. However, there are some deposits that are as hard as the shell itself, pulse. You can also find these deposits outside the shell, not just inside the egg’s yolk, as was the case here.
Causes of Egg Calcium Deposits
These deposits are usually caused when a hen lacks the proper amount of vitamin D3 and she’s not able to adequately absorb the calcium she needs. This results in a deficit of calcium in her body. Mostly, chickens who lack nutrients are who are sick will lay cracked, thin-shelled, or bumpy eggs. There are also conditions like laryngotracheitis and bronchitis that can make hens lay eggs that contain or have calcium deposits on the outside shell.
You can also learn more about what causes calcium deposits in eggs by watching this helpful video.
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