Egg shell question

Discussion in 'Quail' started by dimi, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. dimi

    dimi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Question for you guys, is this normal in quail eggs? I mean those blackish and whiteish bumps. I see them from time to time. Maybe there's a deficiency of something?

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Completely normal - in a wild situation these spotted colorings serve as camouflage .
     
  3. applebutter14

    applebutter14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats cool,
     
  4. dimi

    dimi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand masking - what about bumping? these brown spots are raised - look like bumps (take a close look at the picture)
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Some of those lighter bumps are excess calcium. Perfectly normal. Better to have a bit extra than not enough and thin shells. Part of those raised areas also looks like just a dirty egg with dirt stuck to it.
     
  6. dimi

    dimi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, TwoCrows. Also, any idea why sometimes they lay small eggs? Like twice as small.
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Young layers are prone to laying tiny eggs, yolkless eggs, thin shelled eggs, etc.... As they age and get their egg laying machines in gear, they then generally lay regularly sized eggs.
     
  8. dimi

    dimi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, that's what I thought too. But all of my hen are 7 month old and have been laying before. Got two small eggs during last week.
     
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Diet, changes in the weather like quickly turning cold or hot, stresses or things creeping in the night, illness, hormones etc...all effect egg laying. These changes can cause them to lay funky eggs.
     
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