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Mum confused over very unusual markings on her farm fresh eggs

An Australian mum has been left confused over strange markings on the outside of her farm fresh eggs - before strangers revealed the reason behind them.

The woman posted pictures of the eggs, which had pronounced ridge lines, on Facebook - wondering if they were okay to eat.

She also wanted to know what caused the strange lines on the eggs.  

An Australian mum has been left confused over strange markings on the outside of her farm fresh eggs - before strangers revealed the reason behind them 

According to other mums in the group the lines were caused when the chicken had trouble laying the egg.

'It just happens when the hens are laying and the eggs get a bit stuck while they are still soft,' one woman said.

'My chickens did this all the time when they were young,' said another.

Another said it usually happens in a chicken's first laying year and the eggs are 'perfectly fine to eat'. 

The egg could also be 'body checked' which means the eggs were cracked during calcification.

'Some body checks are covered by a thick layer of calcium, forming an noticeable ridge or band around the egg. Body checks will increase if the hens are exited or gets startled late in the afternoon or early evening,' she said.

One woman showed off an egg her mother-in-law found which was the shape of a peanut

Another woman took a photo of her eggs - and no two looked the same

Others said more calcium or protein could help the hens lay smoother eggs.

Many people took the opportunity to share pictures of their own interesting eggs.

One woman showed off an egg her mother-in-law found which was the shape of a peanut.

She said the egg was fine once cracked open.

Another woman posted a photo of an egg without a shell - and said it was the weirdest thing she had seen

One self-named 'crazy chook lady' said she had owned backyard layers for 60 years and never seen an egg like it.

One woman took a photo of her eggs - and no two looked the same. 

She said: 'You get all sorts of amazing things when you have your own chickens.'

Another woman posted a photo of an egg without a shell - and said it was the weirdest thing she had seen. 

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