Speckled egg but my chickens don't lay speckled eggs...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bocktobery 10, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. Bocktobery 10

    Bocktobery 10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2010

    Concerned chicken mommy here hoping someone might know something about this potential problem I found today.

    I noticed today that one of the eggs I collected was speckled and that the speckles were upraised- obviously not a part of the shell coloring. So, I thought that this was odd and so I tried to wash the speckles off, thinking it was maybe dirt- really just wondering what the heck it was. Well, the speckles did wash off and left a reddish pink oily residue (very lightly) on the paper towel that I used to dry the egg off with.

    For you experienced chicken people, does this sound like a serious problem to you? It seemed the speckles were encased or had dried onto within that protective residue in which eggs have- I don't know what it is called but it helps protect the egg/chick to grow inside. (This protective encasement that I am talking about is clear and not really noticeable once an egg has been sitting around for a while.) Could this be mites or lice or some other problem?

    The chickens seem to be fine otherwise but then again I am a newbie and I am realize I may not be as experienced to notice something wrong. They are active and eating as well as they ever had. I would appreciate any suggestions... Also, can anyone recommend a really good in-depth book about chicken ailments and treatments?

    Many thanks in advance!
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Mountains of Western N.C.
    Calcium deposits?
  3. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
  4. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    I know what you're talking about. I don't know what it's called, or what causes it, but it seems completely harmless. It just happens every once in a while. I wouldn't worry about it if everything else seems OK.
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Not a problem at all. Especially in young pullets (age 5 months to 12 months) it will happen.
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Just happens on and off. Like double yolkers, weird shaped eggs, eggs with ridges on them, bumps, speckles, lumps and warts (just kidding there [​IMG]) and forgetting to put the shell on altogether.
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Mountains of Western N.C.
    I've had all of the above except a double yolker, still waiting on that one.
  8. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
    She needs to clean her spray nozzle out. [​IMG]
  9. Bocktobery 10

    Bocktobery 10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2010
    Thank you everyone for your replies.

    I'm pretty sure they are not calcium deposits. Its not exactly attached to the shell. It is upraised but I could wash them off- that is what concerned me. My chickens are not a year old yet and there are three that are not laying yet. Yeah, it does seem like whomever it was needed to do a 'chimney sweep'. Whatever it was it did not seem like poo or calcium deposits. It looked just like a speckled egg upon looking at it. Doesn't look like my bedding or anything I feed them. After wiping it off, it left an oily pink residue on the paper towel. I got concerned it was blood spotting or something indicative of an internal problem.

    Anyway... if that is what you had also, then I guess she should be ok... One less worry for this season! I am new to this and worrying like a new momma over anything different!

    Thanks again!
  10. ChickenGirl3

    ChickenGirl3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    My chicken had that to, [​IMG]?

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