One of these eggs is not like the other...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ThisishowIroll, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. ThisishowIroll

    ThisishowIroll Chirping

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    I just started washing my eggs and putting them in the fridge instead of keeping them at room temp. I was under the impression I only had one (Ruby the RIR) of my three hens laying as eggs have all been the same color and in the same nesting box. I witnessed her egg song and first egg around Christmas time, so I knew it was her. However, when washing eggs this week I noticed this: [​IMG]
    Clearly one is quite speckled, but the same under color. When the eggs dried, however, they all look the same. The other two possible culprits (ha!) are:

    Shirley: a bantam frizzle who is over 2 years old that I adopted but who, as far as I know, hadn't laid since I got her. I find it concerning/impressive that a 2#ish bird could produce a 2 oz egg.

    Martha: a EE who I've never seen in that nesting box and who has just now started submissive squatting.

    Is it possible for Ruby to be producing randomly spotted eggs? Is Shirley a tiny super chicken producing eggs much larger than one would think possible? Is Martha a covert layer? Am I overthinking this? Yes, yes I am.
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

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    Hmmm....
    I get speckled eggs from flock which is mostly RIRs. It is possible that the egg is Ruby's.
     
  3. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

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    I get them occasionally,the specks usually can be washed off.
     
  4. ThisishowIroll

    ThisishowIroll Chirping

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    I'm thinking it could be... The lady I sdopted Shirley from responded and said she used to lay cream to vey light tan eggs, so that rules her out. The speckles don't wash off, honestly I kind of like them! I'd just be a bit sad if it was Martha because I was really hoping for green or blue out of her. Her pea comb has just turned red and started to fill out so I know she's close!
     

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