(...well, yesterday now) It was not in the nestbox in the coop, but outside in a little nest-like hole in the dirt of the run, as if she couldn't wait to go up the ramp to lay. This is one picture, after I wiped some dirt off with a napkin: And another (I grabbed the quarter for size, which was pretty normal.) In both of these, you can make out the white coating, flaking off. Anyone know what that could be? Or why it looks like it has scratches all over the surface? These last two were taken later, after I brought it in and actually washed it (which I don't usually do until I'm about to cook 'em). I can see spots on it, which suggests my Easter Egger laid it. I wonder about how eggs are actually produced, as they come out of the hen. Some time back, I read about it somewhere (here on BYC, maybe), and I think I remember something about how all eggs start white, that the brown is layered over, kind of like how people dye easter eggs. I really thought about that as I was rubbing off some dirt, and ended up rubbing the brown right off of the brown egg. If anyone can tell me what's going on (went on) with this egg, I'd appreciate the info.