Hi everyone, help me solve a mystery if you can. I got my first chickens last spring, carefully selected the breeds i wanted, and got them from mpc. I have 3 speckled sussex, 4 EE, 1 polish, 1 Delaware, and 2 welsummers. I selected the welsummers primarily for their egg color. I didn't realize until after the chicks were purchased that the wellies would probably not lay the speckled/terracotta eggs because they're hatchery stock. sure enough, everyone started laying, and no terracotta egg. The darkest I have had was comparable to a brown egg from the grocery store. None of my hens moulted this fall, and they're still laying even though it's cold here and the days are short. I usually get 4-6 eggs a day. I got home from work today, and went to gather eggs. There it was, huge, terracotta red, and covered with perfect speckles. My dream egg, the one I thought I would never get. It is beautiful. I love this egg. I know I can wait a couple of days and see if another shows up in the nest box, but I'm too excited to wait that long. Where did this egg come from? Did one of the chickens that was laying the light brown ones lay it? Could one of my wellies have not been laying and I just didn't realize it? what do you all think? I will know in a couple of days, but I wanted your opinion.