Difficulty separating eggs

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Suziekettles

Difficulty separating eggs

Usually,, bar the occasional disaster, I separate eggs competently without a gadget. This year I have shopped at Aldi as far as possible,but have come to the conclusion their free range eggs are difficult to separate, but can't think of an adequate reason!
Last weekend, I didn't manage to separate a single egg (of 4) without having to remove flecks of yolk & today, only 1 of 4 separated without incident.
Does anyone have an explanation or advice?
I store them on the kitchen work top & they are always pretty fresh.
Many thanks.

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Thistledo

Separating eggs

Suzie, fresh when you get them maybe but how long have they been kept in storage by Aldi, or their suppliers?

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Tompeters

Difficulty separating eggs

I've been having the same problem for the last couple of years with a variety of eggs - supermarket and genuine free range from neighbours' eggs. I was wondering if there has been a change in the feed? Have they changed the formula of layers' pellets?

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Suziekettles

Freshness/hen feed

These are both things i had thought about, the shells frequently don't break cleanly, despite a firm tap with a knife. 'You can see a thin slightly wrinkled membrane round the yolk which i dont think i've noticed with other eggs.
On an encouraging note, after removing yolk flecks from each white,i did not have high hopes of the meringue,but it was terrific,firm and peaky!

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Gerry

Food for hens


"Have they changed the formula of layers' pellets? "
We keep a few hens and have never fed them on layers' pellets. The shells are always hard and the yolks don't break up when separated.
You might be right I guess about the feed quality on commercial outfits. Does anyone know?

 
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