Eggshell color an indicator of health problem?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DanainSCMTNS, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. DanainSCMTNS

    DanainSCMTNS New Egg

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    Hello chicken folk! One of my girls (I believe it's my Delaware) has started laying "discolored" eggs. As you can see from the pic, it's dark on one end with a "banded", speckled appearance. I have 6 other hens with no issues. Is this something I should be concerned with?

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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That brown pigment is the last thing put on the egg as it passes down the manufacturing line. Most hen's brown coating is set to spray a nice, even coating on the egg. Some hens, especially those with darker egg genes, seem to be set to splatter instead of spray. It may work itself out over time, or she may always lay distinctive eggs. Many folks like the speckled egg look, they set off the others in the carton nicely. Sometimes you can wash the dark brown off if you scrub a little, so go easy if you like the coloring.

    I had a hen who laid OD green eggs with brown speckles (camo eggs), and the brown speckled one was from one of my Welsummer hens, the solid dark one was my other Wellie. ..

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    Last edited: Feb 6, 2015
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I've got one who lays (sprays?) kind of like that....nothing to worry about.

    I tell her to get her spray booth tuned up but she doesn't listen. :)
     
  4. DanainSCMTNS

    DanainSCMTNS New Egg

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    Whew, that's good to know....thanks! Now I can enjoy her unique eggs without worry. They are pretty cool looking. :)
     

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