New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

White spots on brown eggs

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

My 5 22 week old hens start laying about 3 weeks ago. I get 4-5 smallish brown eggs every day. Yesterday and today 1 has had white spots on the shell the color of the ground oyster shells I've been giving them. They're finishing off their pullet grower (with the oyster shells on the side) and I'm transitioning them to the layer feed (Layena). Is one hen just eating too much of the oyster shells? Should I stop providing them with the oyster shells once I switch to the layer feed full time?

http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af3/oleklorenc/Chickens%20Misc/DSC07024.jpg


Edited by OlekLorenc - 4/18/10 at 5:59pm
post #2 of 5

I would.
I don't supplement calcium unless I notice the shells are a bit thin.
I save all of their shells and then toss them into a blender, and have them free feed from it when/if I notice the shells aren't as strong. When I notice spots on the eggs, I stop adding to the eggshell crumbles.
My chickens eat a lot of leftover veggies and the kids pick tons of grass and weeds for them, so depending on diet, they might not be getting enough calcium at times and enough at others.
I read once that spotty eggs are a signof too much calcium, so your instincts are correct. wink

~ Aubrey ~
Wifey to my best friend
Homeschooling mama to 2 kiddos, 2 Golden Buffs, 2 unknowns we thought were "RIR", 2 Black Austrolorps, a mutt, a Betta fish and 2 spoiled cats.
Reply
~ Aubrey ~
Wifey to my best friend
Homeschooling mama to 2 kiddos, 2 Golden Buffs, 2 unknowns we thought were "RIR", 2 Black Austrolorps, a mutt, a Betta fish and 2 spoiled cats.
Reply
post #3 of 5

I'm not so sure you should worry of this. . . There's a difference between calcium deposits building up like lumps on an egg, and just simply white spots on them. Then again your white spots are pretty weird looking. . . But when my girls were young pullets, they too had a lot of speckling on their eggs. It was weird because you usually think of a speckled egg having dark speckles. After a while it either increased to create pink eggs or disappeared.

Yours may or may not be a problem - Since your girls are so young I wouldn't worry yet though.

currently breeding Araucanas, Tolbunt Polish, and Shamos --- occasionally Olive Eggers
Reply
currently breeding Araucanas, Tolbunt Polish, and Shamos --- occasionally Olive Eggers
Reply
post #4 of 5

I think it's just a problem in the egg coloring department.

My redsexlink has laid everything under the rainbow, and now she's on strike roll

Examples:
Dark speckles, light speckles (all the brown eggs are hers)
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b139/marvinranch/Chickens/SexyEgg005.jpg

Almost white! Middle and right egg - laid on the same day!
http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs001.snc3/10858_596897091831_55007926_34237360_485422_n.jpg

Dark brown speckles! (front egg)
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs479.ash1/26238_608844778571_55007926_34581773_2307010_n.jpg

One thing is for sure. The price of a dead hen is a dead pred.
Trapping the trap-savvy raccoon
Reply
One thing is for sure. The price of a dead hen is a dead pred.
Trapping the trap-savvy raccoon
Reply
post #5 of 5

I was also wondering this, because today both hens laid a speckled egg. I don't supplement any calcium though. They have layer pellets and also some grower/starter available most of the time...I was worried the hens might be eating too much of the starter and not getting enough calcium, but then today everyone's eggs are speckled with white. 

It could happen. Just remember, Pluto used to be a planet.

And when things go wrong, always remember, even geese cheat sometimes.

Reply

It could happen. Just remember, Pluto used to be a planet.

And when things go wrong, always remember, even geese cheat sometimes.

Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying