My EEs are just starting to lay, we have had 3 eggs in 3 days. Previously I have asked here about a gray coating covering my olive eggs. It's really solid, the eggs look completely gray until you wipe them off with water. I am keeping them in the fridge until we have enough for a decent egg feast, and the gray comes back even after wiping them several times (it's quite a pastime for my kids- "look it's gray again already!") I was told the gray is a bloom and that it is a protective coating to keep bacteria out of the eggs naturally. I think that's great, and don't really want to wash it off. But then again, I am disappointed that we can't see the true color of the eggs. I guess what I'm really wondering is, will my girls always lay eggs with such a thick bloom that we won't see the egg's true color or is it just because they are young? Is this a quirk that my girls specifically have and others don't? When I see pics on BYC of brown and blue eggs I wonder if they have been washed or if they look like that right out of the hen. I never thought I would be so preoccupied by the "prettiness" of my girls' eggs, but here I am... You thoughts?