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What kind of chickens lay speckled eggs?

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We have all kinds of white and brown and tan eggs, and the EE babies are coming next month.  All I need are some speckled eggs, jsut for fun. 

 

What kind of hen makes those? 

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post #2 of 17

Welsummers, Marans lay darker speckled eggs. Like cinnamon cookies with chocolate chips or bits.

 

Most any other brown egg layer will give you a chance of brown eggs with small speckles.

 

 

Any Marans, Penedesenca, or Welsummer cross will give guaranteed neat speckled eggs.

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post #3 of 17
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busily making a shopping list......hide.gif Hubs is going to be SO MAD......

Future site of CU'L DI'N FARM (means SANCTUARY in Irish)
 

Quote of the month, from my hubs: "Erin, there is more to life than just poultry." 

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post #4 of 17

heck, I have gotten speckled eggs from one of my orpingtons, and my BLRW...but my marans lay pretty speckledy all the time (though mine are just hatchery birds...I hear that breeder quality have much darker egg color).

 

lavender spots on eggs4.jpg

 

This egg is either a first marans egg, or another lavender speckled egg from my BLRW Jasmine. I have found that feeding blackberries does this...my other BRLW Candi does not lay speckled eggs. I have found that when Candi gets lots of black berries, the speckles are under the brown, so are not really visible.

 

My marans girls lay speckled eggs pretty regularly (though some are solid colored). The speckles are usually pretty small though...you can see a couple of speckled eggs in this photo.

 

marans egg basket.jpg

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post #5 of 17
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What is blrw? ANd I love the lavender egg--it really looks like an easter egg! 

Future site of CU'L DI'N FARM (means SANCTUARY in Irish)
 

Quote of the month, from my hubs: "Erin, there is more to life than just poultry." 

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Future site of CU'L DI'N FARM (means SANCTUARY in Irish)
 

Quote of the month, from my hubs: "Erin, there is more to life than just poultry." 

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post #6 of 17

Here are some neat ones from my new-to-laying Welsummer.

 

Angela

 

Ginny Eggs.jpg

post #7 of 17

It's short for Blue Laced Red Wyandotte. This is what they look like

 

blrw1.jpg

 

broody candi2.jpg

 

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The speckles that time were kindof a fluke I think...Most of the time, their eggs are solid colored.


Edited by kari_dawn - 3/11/12 at 7:37pm

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It's short for Blue Laced Red Wyandotte. This is what they look like

 

blrw1.jpg

 

broody candi2.jpg

 

P1000213.JPG

 

The speckles that time were kindof a fluke I think...Most of the time, their eggs are solid colored.


 

 

Actually the first two birds shown are Splash Laced Red wink.png The bottom one is blue, but appears to lack the mahogany gene to make red. Not to pick at details. hide.gif

 

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post #9 of 17

yes, what illia said! Just like other blue breeds, not all turn out blue...unless you breed splash to black or something like that...I don't remember exactly how the color crossing works...Im sure someone will post it!

 

My girls are hatchery, so Jasmine (the blue bird at the bottom) is very brassy. Candi is the only one that got the deep red mahogany color...the other bird was pretty brassy too, but her lacing was a very light steel blue rather than white with splashes of blue like Candi has.

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post #10 of 17

My welsummer eggs (white egg for comparison):

IMG_4043.jpg

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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