If I saw these in someone else's picture I would assume they had at least three different chickens laying, but I am really pretty sure they are all from my Cuckoo Maran, Hewegg. She is the only one I ever see in the coop during the day, she lays almost daily but I get some skip days and never two eggs in one day, and she is the oldest of my flock. She's been laying almost a month and her eggs still have so much variation, does anyone else have birds like this?
If you look really close the lighter egg has tiny dark-brown freckles, the ones at right have a nearly even coating of tiny dark speckles, and then we've had a few eggs like the one at left with big speckles. Anybody know what causes variations in the pigmentation? I know it's a more surface color than, say, easter eggers, and in fact I found out when I had a poopy egg I had to clean that the darker speckle color wipes right off a fresh egg.
On the bright side, Hewegg is a wonderful chicken. She was actually an accidental purchase an employee mistook for a Polish chicken (due to the white spot Cuckoo Marans have on their head as chicks) but has turned out to have a great personality and is a good pet. It's kind of fun guessing what funky kind of egg she'll have each day, I just think it's weird!