Is this egg normal ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by eggmandoo, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. eggmandoo

    eggmandoo Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 14, 2016
    Notts, uk
    Hi. This is a common egg I get from my black rock or speckled. I just want to check that the white marking are not a sign of any nutritional deficiency. [​IMG]
  2. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't think your egg's speckling is indicative of a health issue, unless you've noticed other symptoms; e.g., is the egg color unusual - paler, overall? The speckles don't appear raised, so it doesn't appear to be excess calcium, either.

    I also get white-speckled eggs from my New Hampshire Red (who lays a terracotta-colored egg) and she's healthy. I just enjoy the NHR egg as an interesting addition to my egg basket. [​IMG]
  3. eggmandoo

    eggmandoo Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 14, 2016
    Notts, uk
    Thanks. You can feel a slight texture to the speckle but I wouldn't think excess calcium is an issue. They are on standard layers pellets. The other hens (bluebell ) without speckles. The yolks aren't bright orange but are a good yellow. You must be right. Just enjoy the eggs [​IMG]
  4. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    My eggs' yolks aren't as orange-y at this time of year because the greens that provide that pigment are dormant now...but bright gold is just fine with me. [​IMG] Does your layer pellet contain marigold extract? That can influence the color.

    There are a few other BYC threads about possible causes of speckling - here's one you may find interesting:

    Egg color is a funny thing - you can have two hens of the same breed and get eggs of different shades or speckled/non-speckled. I really like the variety.
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    '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.

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