Common egg quality problems

Approximately 2% of all chicken eggs has some defect, ranging from minor, barely noticeable faults to downright alarming deformities.
By sumi · Aug 27, 2013 · Updated May 3, 2016 · ·
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    Approximately 2% of all chicken eggs has some defect, ranging from minor, barely noticeable faults to downright alarming deformities. So the chances are pretty good that most, if not all flock owners will at some stage find an irregular egg. This article is about the most common egg irregularities and problems and their causes. A few members have asked me if these odd eggs are safe to eat. That depends on the cause of the deformity/irregularity. Most of these eggs, though some may look rather unappetising, are perfectly safe for human consumption. If the cause of the deformity/irregularity is disease or treatment for disease/pest I would play it safe and discard the eggs rather as many drugs given to chickens leaves a residue in their eggs during the withdrawal period (usually 3 weeks).

    To help us understand these problems and how they occur, let's first look at how an egg is formed:

    How an Egg is Formed


    An egg is formed over a period of about 25 hours. The egg yolks are formed in the hen's ovary. Hens, unlike most animals, have only one functional ovary, the left one. At the time of hatch each female chick will have up to 4 000 tiny ova, from some of which yolks may develop when the hen matures. At any given time, an active layer will have a number of yolks in her ovary, in different stages of development. (See pic in this thread for an example of what is in store in a productive hen's tract at any given time: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-full-of-eggs.1242470/#post-19937313)

    It takes around 10 days for an egg yolk to mature, after which it gets released into the funnel (infundibulum) where, if live sperm are present, it will be fertilized. This process takes about 15 minutes. Next, the yolk moves down into the magnum, where inner and outer shell membranes are added, as well as water and mineral salts. This process takes about 3 hours. The yolk then moves into the isthmus, where albumen (egg white) is secreted and layered around the yolk. This process takes about an hour. Next the partly formed egg moves into the uterus, or shell gland, where it will receive it's shell. Initially some water is added, thinning the outer layer of albumen. Then the shell material, mostly calcium carbonate, is added, followed by pigments, if a colored egg is produced. For example a brown, blue or green egg. This process takes about 21 hours. Once this process is complete, the egg passes through the vagina and is laid by the hen. This final process takes less than a minute.


    For a virtual tour of the reproductive tract, see here: https://vimeo.com/86122048?from=facebook


    Common Egg Shell Quality Problems

    1. White banded egg

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    These eggs are the result of two eggs entering and making contact with each other in the shell gland pouch. When this happens, normal calcification (egg shell formation) is interrupted and the first egg that entered the pouch will get an extra layer of calcium, seen as the white band marking. Causes for this are:

    - Stress in the flock;

    - Changes in lighting, for example adding artificial light in the coop to encourage laying over winter;

    - Diseases such as infectious bronchitis.

    2. Blood on egg shell

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    This can be anywhere from a few spots to a smear to an alarming amount of blood. Causes are:

    - Small blood vessels ruptured in the hen's vagina from excessive straining. This is more common in young pullets coming into lay and overweight hens;

    - Cannibalism, vent pecking;

    - Sudden big increase in length of daylight (when supplementing light in winter months);

    - A mite/lice infestation around the vent.

    3. Body checked egg

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    These eggs' shells got cracked during the calcification process and had a layer of calcium deposited over the crack before the egg was laid. Some body checks are covered by a thick layer of calcium, forming an noticeable ridge or band around the egg. Body checks will increase if the hens are exited or gets startled late in the afternoon/early evening, when the egg shell formation process begins. Causes of body checks are:

    - Stress and overcrowding;

    - The hen's age. There is a higher incidence in body checked eggs from older layers.

    4. Broken and mended egg

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    These are similar to body check eggs. The egg shell got cracked during the calcification process and mended just before being laid. Cause:

    - Stress, frights or disturbance during the calcification process.

    5. Misshaped or odd shaped eggs

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    These eggs differ from the normal shape and/or size and can be either too large, too small, round instead of oval or has major changes in the shape. Shapes can range from minor, barely noticeable to grossly mis-shaped. Causes are:

    - Immature shell gland (young layers);

    - Defective shell glands;

    - Disease such as infectious bronchitis;

    - Stress, frights, or disturbances;

    - Overcrowding in coop and/or run.

    6. Calcium deposits

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    These egg shells have white coloured, irregularly shaped spots deposited onto the external surface of the shell. It can range from a few spots to a severe deposit, as shown in pic #6. Causes are:

    - Defective shell glands;

    - Disturbances and/or stress during the calcification process;

    - Poor nutrition, for example excess calcium in the hen's diet.

    7. Lack of pigment or uneven pigmentation on egg shells

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    The causes for this can be:

    - Poor nutrition. A deficiency in any of the main nutrients, protein, minerals etc in the hens' diet can influence shell colour and formation. Zinc, copper and manganese are thought to be especially important in transporting pigment onto the shell. It has been suggested that a magnesium supplement can improve shell colour:

    - Viral infections. Infectious bronchitis and it's variants, Newcastle disease, egg drop syndrome and avian influenza can cause damage to the oviduct, resulting in loss of shell colour and other problems:

    - Internal and external parasites. A heavy infestation of roundworms and or capillaria worms as well as red mites, when present as a heavy infestation, can have an adverse effect on egg quality and may cause pale shells;

    - Drugs. The coccidiostat drug, Nicarbazin, if present in feed, can interfere with egg shell pigmentation;

    - The hen's age. And older layer will often produce eggs with paler shells, as well as a hen who had been laying intensively over a long period;

    - Stress. Physical stresses, environmental stresses or nutritional stresses can all interfere with shell pigmentation;

    - Exposure to sunlight and high temperatures can produce a fading effect on the shell.

    8. Calcium coated egg

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    These eggs have an extra, powdery layer of calcium, covering either the entire egg, or just one end of the egg. Causes are:

    - Defective shell glands;

    - Disturbance or stress during calcification process;

    - Poor nutrition, for example excess calcium in the hen's diet.

    9. Speckled eggs

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    Spots or speckles can be either brown or white. They are similar to calcium deposits, except the speckles are smaller. Speckles may or may not be pigmented. Causes are:

    - Stress or disturbance during calcification process;

    - Poor nutrition, for example excess calcium in the hen's diet.

    10. Shell-less eggs

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    A shell less egg consists of a yolk, albumen and membrane, but has no shell at all. The egg contents are protected by the outer membrane only. These are often seen in pullets coming into lay. Causes are:

    - Immature shell gland (young layer);

    - Nutritional deficiency, usually lack of calcium and vitamins E, B12 and D as well as phosphorous and selenium;

    - Certain diseases, such as Newcastle disease, infectious bronchitis, avian influenza, egg drop syndrome;

    - Exposure to very high temperatures and extremely high or low humidity levels;

    - An infestation of internal or external parasites, such as worms, mites or lice;

    - Stress prompting the hen to lay an egg prematurely, before the shell is formed;

    - Egg laying while molting;

    - Exposure to toxins, such as mold, fungi, bacteria.

    11. Slab sided or flat sided egg

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    When two eggs enter the shell gland pouch shortly after another, normal calcification is interrupted. The second egg will not be as complete as the first and may be flattened at the side where the eggs made contact, resulting in a flat or slab side. Causes are:

    - Disease, such as infectious bronchitis;

    - Stress, frights and disturbances;

    - Overcrowding in coop/run;

    - Sudden large increase in daily light hours, for example when supplementing light during winter months.

    12. Wrinkled eggs

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    These eggs' shells have thinly creased/wrinkled surfaces. The wrinkles can range in severity from a single small wrinkle to quite a few large wrinkles, as shown in the egg pictured. Causes are:

    - Stress and disturbance during calcification process;

    - Disease such as infectious bronchitis;

    - Defective shell glands.

    13. Corrugated shell

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    This happens when the egg membrane is thinner than it should be, often as a result of double ovulation (two yolks) and having to stretch thinner to cover the extra egg contents. This results in insufficient plumping of the egg, leaving a corrugated membrane onto which the shell gets deposited, so the shell takes on a corrugated appearance as well. Causes are:

    - Extra large egg size, often double or multi yolk eggs;

    - Newcastle disease;

    - Excessive use of antibiotics;

    - Copper deficiency in the hen's diet;

    - Excess calcium consumption;

    - A defective shell gland;

    - It is often seen with hens recovering from infectious bronchitis;

    - It can be hereditary.

    14. Yolk-less egg aka fart egg, fairy egg, witch egg, rooster egg or oops eggs

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    These tiny eggs may or may not have a yolk. Yolk-less fart eggs are often called rooster eggs. These little eggs are often much darker than normal, as they spend more time in the shell gland pouch and gets an extra layer or two of pigment. These yolk-less eggs sometimes form when:

    - The hen's oviduct releases a small piece of reproductive tissue or another small foreign mass enters the hen's oviduct, triggering the regular formation of an egg. The foreign object will be treated like a normal yolk and enveloped in albumen, membranes and a shell;

    - Occasionally a hen will also lay a fart egg when something disturbs her reproductive cycle;

    - Young pullets may lay a fart egg or two when coming into lay and is still getting their reproductive systems in gear.

    15. Soft shell eggs

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    These eggs are laid with an incomplete shell, sometimes just a thin layer of calcium. Causes are similar to shell less eggs:

    - Immature shell gland;

    - Nutritional deficiencies, usually lack of calcium, vitamins E, B12 and D as well as phosphorous and selenium;

    - Disease such as infectious bronchitis, avian influenza, egg drop syndrome; an internal or external parasite infestation;

    - Exposure to very high temperatures and/or very high or low humidity levels;

    - Egg laid prematurely due to stress or a disturbance during the calcification process;

    - Egg laying while molting.

    16. Mottled egg shells

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    In mottled egg shells parts of the egg shell are translucent, taking on a mottled or glassy appearance.

    These shells can also be thin and fragile. Causes are:

    - High humidity in the coop (make sure the coop is well ventilated;

    - Certain diseases, (such as infectious bursal disease) and mycotoxins;

    - Manganese deficiency in the hen's diet;

    - Over-crowding in the coop.

    17. Holes in egg shells

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    Pinholes, or small holes in the egg shell, may be the result of faulty laying down of the egg shell or from pimples being knocked off the shell. Possible causes are thought to be:

    - Advanced layer age

    - Poor nutrition

    - Damage from toenails, or other sharp objects in the nest box, post laying.


    Common Yolk Quality Problems

    1. Blood spots

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    Can range in severity from a small spot of blood on the yolk to about a spoonful of blood mixed with the egg contents. Egg yolks form and mature in the hen's ovary and sometimes when the mature yolk is released it may rupture a small blood vessel, the blood released will end up being encased in the shell, along with the rest of the egg contents. Causes of this can be:

    - Incorrect levels of vitamins A and K in the hen's diet;

    - Administration of the drug sulphaquinoxaline;

    - Large amounts of lucerne meal in the layers' diet;

    - Feeding stale, wet or mouldy feed;

    - Continuous lighting in the coop;

    - Frights, stress and disturbances.

    2. Pale yolks

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    Can be caused by:

    - Lack of yellow to red pigments in the hens' diet. Hens who have access to the outdoors, green food such as lucerne and grass and hens who are fed maize will have deeper coloured yolks. Certain feeds contain additives, such as marigold extract to help deepen the yolk colour.

    3. Mottled yolks

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    Can be caused by:

    - Worming drugs and compounds piperazine, dibutyltin dilaurate and citrate;

    - The anticoccidial drug Nicarbazin;

    - Certain antioxidants such as gallic acid and tannic acid;

    - Feeding hens raw soybean meal;

    - Calcium deficiency in the hens' diet;

    - Thin egg shells;

    - Can be hereditary.

    4. Discoloured (blue-green) yolks

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    Can be caused by:

    - Feed or snacks containing cottonseed oil;

    - Ingestion of the weed Shepard's Purse.

    5. Double or multiple yolk eggs

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    These are more common with your pullets just coming into lay. This happens when more than one yolk matures and gets released at the same time. As many as 9 yolks have been found in a single egg.


    6. Rubbery, cheesy or pasty yolks

    Are caused by:

    - Ingestion of crude cottonseed oil;

    - Severe chilling or freezing of intact egg;

    - Ingestion of velvet weed and other related species.

    7. White or platinum yolks

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    Can be caused by:

    - An infestation of cappilaria worms and certain diseases.


    Common Albumen Quality problems


    1. Meat spots

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    These are usually little bits of the lining of the oviduct which got shed during the egg formation process, but some may be partially broken down blood spots. They often take on the apearance of dirt or soil and vary in colour from pale yellow to dark brown or red, as shown in the images. Sizes vary from tiny specks to a few millimetres in diameter. There is a higher incidence of meat spots in eggs from older layers.

    2. Thin, watery albumen

    This can be caused by:

    - Disease such as Newcastle disease, infectious bronchitis, laryngothacheitis or egg drop syndrome;

    - High egg storage temperature;

    - High level of ammonia from droppings in coop (inadequate ventilation/coop hygiene);

    - Loss of CO2 from egg during storage;

    - High vanadium levels in feed;

    - It can occasionally be a reaction to certain vaccinations.

    - There is a higher incidence in eggs from older layers.

    3. Off colour albumen

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    For example pink or green. Cause:

    - Spoilage due to Pseudomonas bacteria produces a greenish, fluorescent, water soluble pigment in the albumen.

    - A green tint to to albumen can also be caused by the presence of high levels of riboflavin (vit B2), which has a yellow green colour.


    For more information on eggs, egg laying and egg layers visit the chicken behaviors and egglaying forum section.

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  1. Gingerfirst
    Great article thank you ☺
  2. The Kibble Goddess
    I'm having an issue w/my hens eggs that was not addressed in this article. Older hens, they are laying eggs where the yolk seems swirled into the white. Occasionally the white is thick and rubbery, but mostly it is think and runny. What would cause yolks to not hold together inside of the egg?
  3. littlebit66
    can these eggs still be eaten
  4. Ducksandchickens
    Great article! In one of my newer threads I was freaking out because of a found fart egg. I though something was seriously wrong!
  5. Eronica
    I have 1 chicken, who I got already grown and she started laying eggs already after 2 weeks I got her. The first 4 eggs she had layed were all normal, then she started laying calcium deposited eggs, but not heavily like the picture, just a few small spots around the egg. So what can I do to stop this egg abnormality? I don't think it is because of stress, it is only her and another hen in my backyard. They also have access to free ranging to grass about 3 days out of the week, more if I get vacations from work. Their run is also big enough for them both. If the calcium intake is the problem, what should I look for in the feed?
  6. pamgervais
    Very good report with great pics and explanations, thanks.
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  7. astairs
    What about laying the eggs? We have a n.h. red she has an egg and is trying to lay it but, for some reason she can't is there something we can do
  8. PouleChick
    Thanks for a very thorough and informative article, I'll keep it in mind if I ever get weird eggs. Just trying to find out if my pullets first egg is OK and just weird first egg or something 'wrong'.
  9. Farmer Connie
    thank you
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  10. Emmanuelle
    This was very informative. Thank you so much!
    Emmanuelle
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  11. mistycolleen
    Awesome article! Everyone should read this !!
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  12. Kerrie Ann
    Can't sometimes blood in the egg be because it is incubated?
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  13. flwrldy
    Excellent article! Thank you! I’ve seen the bloody yokes so many times in store bought eggs. Never in my eggs thank God.. Ive also seen the brown spots on egg shells when I use to buy eggs from backyard free ranged chickens. Mine have only been laying about 4 months, and I did have one deformed but not bad, egg. This was really interesting article. Great job especially the pictures.
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  14. alexa009
    I have had a few of those egg problems with my chickens. This is a great article it was very interesting to read!:thumbsup
  15. Garden4Life
    Does anyone know what would cause greasy looking/see through marks?
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    1. WildWyandott110
      Thin shell, perhaps? Then, that would be a calcium deficiency.
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  16. WildWyandott110
    XD I once got an egg where there was a yolk inside a yolk.
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  17. ButtonquailGirl14
    WOW!!!! we used to buy eggs from people and i had encountered almost all these problems in their eggs.:sick
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  18. pineapple416
    This is an excellent article! I was wondering why many of these different eggs occur. Thanks so much!
  19. Sylvester017
    Great photographs of weird eggs and possible causes of the various deformities! One egg I did not see shown is a solid hard darkish over-sized rubber egg a chicken might lay.

    Our Black Silkie from the very first egg she layed as a pullet until her last egg layed was always a stressful experience for her -- she would complain all day until she layed her egg and be fine for a day and then start complaining all day for the next egg she layed. Since our other Silkie, a Partridge Silkie, was a quiet layer it worried me that the Black Silkie was an agitated layer. She was a fairly decent layer for a Silkie laying well into her 6th year when the Partridge Silkie had already ceased her lifetime laying at 5 yrs.

    The Black Silkie was a good layer for a Silkie but she gave us a "fart" egg in her 5th year when we never had a fart egg ever from any other hens we had. I didn't think much about it at the time but in retrospect I should've followed my instinct that she was having reproductive issues -- most certainly from her first year of laying and every year thereafter by the way she'd be grossly agitated before laying each egg. Throughout her lifetime she was also prone to respiratory issues wheezing or breathing heavily and the vet got her through each year's episode. None of the flock ever got the episodes but bad weather always brought on an episode with her. She was such a spunky survivor -- our funniest and littlest chicken.

    In her last year she layed a very large rubbery darkish brown egg -- Silkies lay little pink eggs but this rubbery egg was dark and too large for a Silkie. She didn't lay again for several days when we discovered the second hard rubbery dark egg stuck to her vent dragging behind her as she walked! We soaked her in warm water in hopes to loosen the egg but didn't want to pull on it. We rushed her to our vet who was alarmed about the large egg that crumbled in his fingers (the warm water apparently softened the rubber egg by now) and there was bleeding. The rubbery egg was stuck to an ovarian tumor that pulled the ovary out of the Silkie's vent. There was so much bleeding, the vet had to put down the sweet dear little Silkie. She never complained in spite of all the pain she must've been in that whole week of laying the 2 rubbery eggs. Such a sweet trooper too laying all those painful eggs for so many years.

    I posted a picture of the Silkie's first rubbery egg on the BYC Silkie thread back in July of 2017 since this comment page doesn't allow picture posting for some reason. We lost our sweet Silkie end of July 2017. She was the only hen we ever had that complained so much about laying each of her eggs. Most of our hens will do a hen song AFTER laying their eggs, but this little Silkie clucked loudly for hours and hours BEFORE laying each egg and would be so quiet afterwards -- probably exhausted from all her agitation prior to laying. When she was not laying eggs between laying cycles she was a happy busy little Silkie and sweet as could be. So I hated to watch her get so agitated every time a new laying cycle started each year. I get very worried if I ever see a pullet or hen that gets agitated before laying an egg but thankfully so far they've been normal short spurts of agitation with the usual egg song after laying. Reproductive issues like cancer or bleeding tumors really suck -- and for us it happened to one of our very favorite little Silkies. Our last surviving Silkie is now 7 yrs old, hasn't layed any eggs for 2 yrs, and is happily living out her chicken life as top hen over one Cuckoo Breda hen and 3 Dominique pullets in our backyard flock.
  20. ChickNanny13
    This is what I found on the poop board on Sunday/Jan 14 by the shape I know who laid it. She lays everyday and in the nest. Monday she didn't lay & Tuesday she laid a soft shell again on the poop board, Wed - today, she's laid normal eggs in the nest.

    I feed Flock Raiser with Oyster Shells & Grit in separate dishes on the side. I have 4 BOs that are 42wks, laying since early October, no issues, they don't free range, their enclosure is 8x12x7 with their nest box.

    Ok, can't upload check out my post "GROSS PIC - ODD EGG - What happened?"
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  21. Wolfgang B.
    Under Speckled eggs(#9) it says:
    Stress or disturbance during calcification process;

    - Poor nutrition, for example excess calcium in the hen's diet.

    I think none of the above applies to our 5 chickens, yet one of them had layed spackled eggs her entire live. And only her. The other 4 are laying "normal" eggs.
    Could there be a less concerning reason like "that's just the way her eggs look"?
    1. nightowl223
      Some breeds normally lay eggs speckled with dark spots. It's completely normal for them. In fact, I had never heard of this being an abnormality, and it should have been noted in the post that the coloration was completely normal for some breeds.... even some birds within a specific breed. I had a Splash Marans that laid 'freckled" eggs her whole life, in fact, and she was completely healthy the whole time.
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  22. Hen Pen Jem
    Very good article, I will be saving this one! :thumbsup
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  23. Dawnclucks22
    Nicely explained with great pictures!
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  24. Farmer Connie
    Wow! BOOKMARKED for future references. Thanks a ton for making this available to the community. Priceless 411.:clap
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  25. AaronandAlice
    Can some hens lay speckled eggs without it being an issue? I had a couple who always laid speckled eggs and had the same diet as others who had solid egg colors all the time. I thought it was just a breed variation.
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    1. DwayneNLiz
      some breeds (like welsummers) are known for their speckled eggs
    2. Dawnclucks22
      Some RIRs lay speckled. I had one that laid speckled her whole life, my other doesn't though.
    3. AaronandAlice
      I (think) it was our jersey giants that laid them.
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  26. Emmarah
    Thank you :)
    Our chickens have JUST started laying the last three days.. we have had one a day so far. It's an exciting time for my daughter, who owns these beautiful birds.
    They have access to grass and dirt everywhere they go in our yard. They have a misting system to keep them cool on days over 30oC ( we have had above 47oC already) and bowls of fresh water daily all over the place.
    My daughter has just started spending more time with them, even though she's in so much pain. She adores them and their antics make her laugh. One of our five 'girls' turned out to be a rooster, as I suspected for weeks. Definitely a boy. lol. But we are happy. He keeps them happy too.
    The eggs we have had so far have been perfectly formed and so rich in colour. It's an exciting time :D
  27. henry123
    my chickens get wet feed mostly every day and nothing happened
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    1. nightowl223
      The warning is against feed that has been wet for long enough to get mold growing in it - mold can make them very sick or even kill them. That's why that warning was included. If you have been making a wet mash with your feed for your birds, that's not an issue. It should have been clarified a bit more in the post.
  28. Elizabeth Hasse
    That was a great article!
    I used to have an easter egger whose eggs were always very long and thin, and it seemed that she layed cucumbers!
    My Belgum quail also occasionally layed rooster eggs (we called them cloud eggs) and I kept every one I ever got (Some broke, so I was able to see that every broken one had a yoke...)
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  29. Country by marriage
    Oh my that was a lot to take in, but answered a lot of questions that I had already wanted to ask. Back to more reading.
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  31. jesse rose
    Thank you! This is excellent information
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  32. grintschik
    This is an awesome article! Thanks!
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  33. GldnValleyHens
    wow this article is very helpful and helps explain some of the eggs I have gotten
  34. Hybridchucks
    welldone! Great article!
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  35. ChickityChina
    Great info! Very thorough!
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  36. LeannS
    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing
  37. boomercide
    Wow that was a good read did not know eggs could tell you so much about your birds health
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  38. KovalChickEggs
    Very Helpful! I think I have a Misshapen/ calcium Deposites egg!
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  39. BroodyBettysMom
    Thanks so much! This information helped our flock out today! With temps being in the triple digits and high humidity, it's messed with my layers cycles. One layed me 2 eggs in a matter of minutes. One had the white ring and the other was paper thin. We were lucky it didn't break in her! This article gives great information for both newbies and lifers!
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  40. Augmoe
    Very informative article I appreciated the illustrations and pictures.
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  41. Augmoe
    "Fart Egg" is that the technical term for it, Hah?
  42. BeulahBreezes
    Thanks so much for this information! I have used it so many time, it's been a great help! Beulah
  43. crazyfeathers
    Very informative. Thanks
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  44. HOLWACHAGOT
    Fascinating information! WOW!
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  45. mymilliefleur
    Great article. I have a hen that lays body checked eggs on a regular basis. I think it has to do with her age though, as she is not a young hen.
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  46. Yardwork
    I'm new to this amazing world of chickens and loved the article. My BCM's are young and I believe one or two of them are easily frightened which is causing #1 to occur. Thanks for this wonderful resource.
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  47. autumnhearth
    I love our speckled eggs but we also get occasional calcium deposits, sounds like our girls might be getting too much calcium.
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  48. Honomi
    Thanks. It's very helpful. My chickens have been laying eggs just like some of the pictures shown above, #1, 11 and 13, and as my girls both have been gasping/ gaping air quite a lot lately again, so "infectious bronchitis" is convincing.
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  49. Dee Dee 2
    Great article ! Thanks for taking your time to write it. Quite helpful !
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  50. collingwood
    Yeah really hellpful!
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