Brown eggs with white speckles- normal?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tgavin05, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. Tgavin05

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    I have eightyoung hens, five sexlink and three Buckeye. I recently put them under lights to get them started laying. One hen had been laying one egg every day but when I went out today I had nine eggs. Whoo hoo! My question is though, they are brown eggs but look like they have something white on them, even after I washed them. I have never seen brown eggs with white on them[​IMG]
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Completely normal - this looks like a case of excessive "bloom" being applied to the eggs, nothing to worry about.
     
  3. Tgavin05

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    What is excessive bloom?
     
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    Thank you for the info. Very interesting.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    'Speckled' eggs can happen for several different reasons...very few of which are a 'problem'.
    Can be caused by:
    Excess or uneven pigment coating.
    Excess or uneven cuticle(bloom).
    Excess calcium deposits.
    Porous eggs can appear speckled.
    Some birds lay them consistently, some only once in awhile.
    The pigment or bloom can change appearance when wet, then change back when dry again.

    As long as bird is getting a good diet and is healthy in every other way, it is no cause for concern.
     
  7. Tgavin05

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    Thank you...good to kniw...I'm new at this, so wanted to make sure it wasn't cause for concern. And yes they are happy healthy Birds getting a good diet so I'm good to go thanks again
     

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