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Spotted chicken eggs

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I have a few different breeds roamin in the back 40 including (what i believe to be) Marans, Wyandottes, Norfolk Grey and Anconas , about 70 birds in total, and of course several hybrids of each one. (at least thats what they look like according to internet pictures). My goal is egg production, living outside of the US well basically there are no rules here, selling eggs from your house is very acceptable and unless you happen to sell a few spoiled ones (not that ive ever done it, just heard of those who have) nobody gives you any guff.  However, my egg buying community really likes to see brown spotted eggs and i would really like to know more about getting them to this composition.  I have read that it all depends on genetics, ear lobes and feathers and such can note what will be put forth.  I am just wondering, in the attempt to make a seperate area specifically for breeding brown spotted eggs; If i hatch brown spotted eggs will this result in brown spotted egg putters? Of course this would also have to do with the rooster but just being a good colored/spotted egg should mean the passing of the same genetics right? Also some eggs come out just brown and not spotted, is there a way to get the eggs to have more spots, by means of special food or maybe I could put food coloring in the water haha, the last part is a joke, but would really like to give my customers what they are looking for. To date i have been selling by the dozen, well a variety of white, cream, brown and brown spotted, any input on the topic?

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Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Silkies, Transylvanian Naked Necks,  Rumpless, Giro Bantam, Muscovy Ducks, Rouen Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, Rabbits, Peacock (wanting Peahen), Guinea Fowl... and soon to come Ostriches!

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Welsummers tend to lay a lot of brown spotted eggs from what I've seen. Can't think of another breed that consistently lays them.

I live on a farm in Israel with an American Hairless Terrier from Wales (Ellah), HER cat (Señor Pussy Cat), a rescued Galah (Chrysi), her cage buddy cockatiel (Mio), 3 featherless bantam chickens (Gimpy & co), a Barockpinto colt (Felix D), a Cameroon Hair Lamb (Shoshana) & a Betta fish (Logan)

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I live on a farm in Israel with an American Hairless Terrier from Wales (Ellah), HER cat (Señor Pussy Cat), a rescued Galah (Chrysi), her cage buddy cockatiel (Mio), 3 featherless bantam chickens (Gimpy & co), a Barockpinto colt (Felix D), a Cameroon Hair Lamb (Shoshana) & a Betta fish (Logan)

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Welsummers are what you want for sure.   All around nice chicken.  My eggs aren't that dark but they've got more freckles than Lindsay Lohan.

--One Welsummer, one partridge Cochin, two spoiled cats and a bunch of goldfish in the pond....
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--One Welsummer, one partridge Cochin, two spoiled cats and a bunch of goldfish in the pond....
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I've gotten some freckled eggs from our barred Rock hen, and the bantam partridge Cochins do some speckling, although not as often.  The speckled Sussex hens were good at doing freckled brown eggs too.  I have two EE hens that lay green eggs with brown speckles; they're sort of "off-model" as far as EEs are concerned, because they don't have muffs or beards.  But as far as chicken breeds that provide reliable spotting on eggs, I couldn't say--we've never had huge numbers of any one breed.

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A barrel full of monkeys has nothing on a coop full of chickens.
http://hentracks-chickenchronicles.blogspot.com/
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I've got a Turkin (bare neck) that sometimes lays spotted eggs, but not consistantly.  I also was wondering what makes them sometimes have spots and sometimes not.  They look so pretty mixed in with my other brown, blue/green, and pale pink eggs.

Homeschooling Mom of three kids, husband in the military, 16 permanent chickens and a fluctuating number of others headed for the pot, 2 cats, and a few fish.

"A coincidence is a small miracle in which God prefers to remain anonymous."

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Homeschooling Mom of three kids, husband in the military, 16 permanent chickens and a fluctuating number of others headed for the pot, 2 cats, and a few fish.

"A coincidence is a small miracle in which God prefers to remain anonymous."

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my barred rocks lay speckled eggs, not dark by any means but speckled for sure.

1 husband, 4 kids, 70+ chickens, 8 pheasants, 10 turkeys, 11 goats, 18 rabbits, 2 cats, 1 horse, and 1 God.

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1 husband, 4 kids, 70+ chickens, 8 pheasants, 10 turkeys, 11 goats, 18 rabbits, 2 cats, 1 horse, and 1 God.

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Could you anyone recommened a reliable clean mail order source to make an order for some welsummer eggs?

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Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Silkies, Transylvanian Naked Necks,  Rumpless, Giro Bantam, Muscovy Ducks, Rouen Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, Rabbits, Peacock (wanting Peahen), Guinea Fowl... and soon to come Ostriches!

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Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Silkies, Transylvanian Naked Necks,  Rumpless, Giro Bantam, Muscovy Ducks, Rouen Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, Rabbits, Peacock (wanting Peahen), Guinea Fowl... and soon to come Ostriches!

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My welsummer lays some ver dark spotted eggs and some notsodarkbutstillalittlebitdark spotted eggs!! tongue2

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Jeeves IS cool!
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