it came like this from the supermarket I’ve never seen anything like this before. It came like this from the supermarket.

EDIT: here's what happened when my wife boiled it: enter image description here

  • Probably one that got passed quality control.
    – Max
    Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 0:32
  • The eggshell was weak in an area and opened up, letting the egg out as it boiled.
    – GdD
    Commented Oct 2, 2021 at 12:59

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Chickens aren't machines, so sometimes they will have an issue with feed or other factors which cause the material of the eggshell to deposit unevenly. It shouldn't indicate any problem in a commercially produced egg where the flock should be effectively monitored for any disease factors which are relevant.

From Poultrykeeper.com

If the white of an egg (or the Albumen as it is correctly known) is watery, it is harder for a shell to be formed correctly around the egg, and quite simply, this can cause an egg shell to be wrinkled or to have ripples on it.

As hens get older, the whites in their eggs will get thinner. It is one reason farms of commercial egg-laying hens are replaced after 18 months because it can look like an egg is old if the white is watery, and it ‘spreads around the pan’ when you go to cook it for breakfast!

....Some diseases, such as the viral disease Infectious Bronchitis (IB), can also affect the bird’s ability to produce thick albumen (egg white). This can cause wrinkled egg shells, even years after infection because hens will be carriers of the disease for life.

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    Fun Fact: Occasionally a chicken will lay an egg without a shell, held together only by the membrane.
    – csk
    Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 22:18

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