IS this egg ok?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Marianne25, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. Marianne25

    Marianne25 Out Of The Brooder

    Hi all, my pullets have been laying for a couple of weeks now. Their eggs have moved (according to my egg scale) from "peewee" sized to smalls :) Today, one of my Wyandottes laid this egg. The spots look almost purple. The shell is hard. Both pics are of the same egg; lighting was just different (outside vs inside).

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  2. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    perfectly fine!! Eggs will vary day to day between one girl or within your flock. I was questioning this wks ago as well-one of the golden comets laid brown with dark brown spots then another one was white spots. Sizes from our girls are going up finally also.
     
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  3. ChkenKeeper

    ChkenKeeper Just Hatched

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    Hi,
    This is perfectly normal for young chickens and nothing to worry about. They may do the same thing occasionally for the rest of their laying period. Speckled eggs are just as good as if they had no speckles on them. It is just the way it is, personally I find them rather appealing from just a plain colored egg. Nothing wrong with your chickens or the food, water and grit. Even when they get older it still may continue for life. Mother nature does this to us from time to time. Perfectly good eating eggs.
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  4. Marianne25

    Marianne25 Out Of The Brooder

    thanks! :)
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Speckles can be a coating thing(darker spots) or a bloom thing(lighter spots)....or both.
    Completely normal, nothing to do with age or a new layer.
     
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  6. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    x2 - I get speckled from time to time and think they're neat
     
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  7. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    So sometimes the speckles seem almost like unbroken down oyster shell, as in you can feel the slight bumpiness. Any difference?

    Also, I notice blood or meat spots in some of my eggs from the (all are) new layers..... Anyway to know how long before those quit showing up so I can safely start selling my eggs without people grossing out?
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  9. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get white marks on Easter eggers eggs and they look like broken down oyster shells to me. They even are a little raised and you can feel them. Does this mean they are getting to much or what? I know they are perfectly fine though
     
  10. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    @aart That's what I've been doing with the eggs I share so far. And was also thinking of offering to replace any if they show up once I am able to sell. I tried candling and couldn't see anything. [​IMG]

    So in your experience, are the calcium deposits an issue with the hen not breaking down the oyster shell enough? Relative to the size of the shell in any way? Or an indicator of something else? Just random? Or anything to be concerned for. I know I've seen them a lot, just never really considered it.
     

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