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Eggs developing spots once in fridge??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by carcar80, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. carcar80

    carcar80 Crowing

    Mar 19, 2013
    GA, US
    Hi everyone!! I have google searched this and didn't find anything to match what I'm saying, so decided to start this. :)

    My Black Star started laying about two weeks or so ago. At first she laid shell-less eggs, then started laying normal after the first week. The first shelled egg she laid was splattered with liquid (what I assumed to be poop??).. The egg was GIGANTIC, so I assumed that caused the misfire. Next day, same thing.. GIANT egg, although not quite as dirty.

    Today I went to put up my eggs for the day and noticed that her egg from yesterday, which was perfectly clean when I put it in the carton, now has what appears to be the same "stuff" on it. Only this time I know it's not fecal matter because like I said it was clean when I took it from the nest box.

    Here is a picture to show what I mean:


    I almost cracked it before I posted this, but decided to wait and see if anyone has any ideas?? Hate to waste it if anyone comes up with an explanation.. these things are hard earned! LOL.

    I can scrape off the stuff with my fingernail though it's not easy. I've seen eggs in a bator do this but not in the fridge. This egg was room temp by the time I got it from the nest box so it's not like it was just-laid-hot when it went in the fridge.


    Also, for good measure, here's the full pic of my first full dozen fresh eggs. Currently I have a BO and my Black Star laying. :) You can see one of the BIG ones the poor dear laid as well, lol. The carton will hardly close over it.

    Last edited: Jul 23, 2013
  2. nab58

    nab58 Songster 5 Years

    Mar 28, 2013
    I don't know about the spots appearing. I'd imagine its something that didn't show when the egg was wet. I'm sure it's perfectly fine. They're beauties!
  3. carcar80

    carcar80 Crowing

    Mar 19, 2013
    GA, US
    Thanks! Yes, I guess I'll just judge for myself when I do go to use it.. I can say, what I've used so far they are NICE! The whites so nice and firm, you can almost stick the fork through them & pick them up! Nothing like store eggs at all. :D
  4. dandrews1971

    dandrews1971 Songster

    Just looks like pigment. I get some lie that too. The cold & dampness of the fridge made it seep from the shell. The pigment is like the last to be added to the eggshell, it doesn't go all the way through the shell, (shell is white inside). Completely harmless. Some eggs' pigment even wipes off.
  5. gardner601

    gardner601 In the Brooder

    Jul 24, 2013
    I noticed you mentioned about an egg being room temp before going into the fridge and not being "just laid hot". I am new to this, in fact just got my first eggs last Wednesday. What is the correct time frame to leave the egg in the nest before it goes to the fridge???
  6. BertandMary

    BertandMary Songster

    Feb 24, 2013
    Fayetteville, NC
    I have one hen that lays eggs with the same spots. It is just how her system makes the shell. I have noticed it start to tapper off as she went into her second week of laying. Now, I get some white spots in my brown eggs from time to time, but I think that has something to do with the oyster shells.
  7. carcar80

    carcar80 Crowing

    Mar 19, 2013
    GA, US
    Thank you VERY much, everyone! I did end up using the spotty egg(s) this weekend and I lived to tell about it! ;) I'm so glad there is an explanation.. Thanks dandrews!!

    Gardner- I don't really have a set time. Sometimes I end up getting the egg as soon as it's laid, sometimes it's sat all day until o get home. Either way it's straight to the fridge for mine. Unless I sit them down and forget, in which case it's when I remember to. ;)

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