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What's wrong with my Greenmarket eggs?

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I purchased my usual dozen, and so far two of them have had a very unpleasant smell - not like a rotten egg, more like manure, or dust. What causes this? I've never had a problem with this vendor before.

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  1. well the egg comes out of the same orfice as the manure! perhaps needs a good rinse

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    1. re: UES Mayor

      Leaving that suspect anatomy lesson aside, to clarify: it's not the shell that stinks, it's the yolk.

    2. The diet of the laying hens has probably changed. The flavor of eggs can be largely impacted by what the hen has been eating, and if you are buying eggs from true cage-free/free-range hens, then they might have gotten into something that makes the eggs smell/taste unpalatable. We have our own hens, and every once in a while, we'll get an egg that just isn't right and can usually trace it back to the fact that a couple hens got loose from their pen!

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      1. re: RosemaryHoney

        Thanks for your helpful reply. That sounds very possible. Do you think it's likely that the entire carton of eggs, presumably from 12 different hens, is affected? This morning I boiled & discarded disgusting-smelling egg #3. The stupid (yes, truly free-range) eggs cost $4.50, so I'm loath to dump them all.

        1. re: small h

          I'd be surprised if all dozen were bad, but it could happen if all the hens ate the same thing, like a certain type of grass or grub. It's always a risk when they are truly free-range (which is why we keep ours in a large outdoor pen...) Perhaps the eggs went bad in some other way? You can ask the farmer if he might have washed the eggs and left them out.

          In any case, you should tell the farmer - he might replace them or give you a nice discount on your next dozen.

          1. re: RosemaryHoney

            Thanks again. I will certainly speak to the vendor when I see her next, if only to see whether other customers are having the same problem.

            1. re: small h

              I'm betting we use the same vendor. I've been buying her eggs for years (almost exclusively, in fact) because they're so good. Maybe she'll make good on them; she's awfull nice. BTW, if she ever has eggs from her Chilean chickens, give them a try--they're really excellent.
              If you don't already do so, break your eggs one at a time into a separate container to make sure that if you get a bad one, you don't contaminate the rest of your ingredients.

              1. re: MacGuffin

                I'm purposely not naming the vendor, because I've had only good experiences in the past & don't want to suggest that anyone should avoid buying from them based on my one negative experience. That said, yes, we probably shop at the same place. And! the rest of the carton has been ok so far. I guess I just need to slap a couple of wayward hens.