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Speckled Egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Serenity30, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Serenity30

    Serenity30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone have any thoughts on what can cause this?

    We have 2 older hens with the rest that should start laying soon.

    It looks like the size of our older hens eggs but the color and pattern is way off.

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  2. Cheyen

    Cheyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    An egg's color is added last in the egg laying process. You can think of it kind of like a car being spray painted. An older or younger hen may have this process interrupted somehow, resulting in speckles, smears, odd colors, or even completely colorless eggs. They're just like wind eggs- they happen sometimes. There's probably nothing wrong with your bird, so don't worry. [​IMG]
     
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  3. Cheyen

    Cheyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you hold that egg under warm water, you can even rub the speckles off! They really are like paint. [​IMG]
     
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  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I have one hen that lays eggs just like that, and another one that puts the brown speckles on a green egg. It's just a glitch as described above. And yes, my speckles wash right off, another reason not to wash eggs. Speckled eggs are quite cool!
     
  5. Serenity30

    Serenity30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you guys ! Could this be possibly a new hen laying eggs or just a quick paint job gone spotty on one of the older hens eggs? :)
     
  6. Cheyen

    Cheyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be either of them. You won't know unless you catch them in the act.
     
  7. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed


    One of my pullets tends to lay speckled eggs, she didn't today though :( I was bummed.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've been getting my speckled eggs for 1 & 2 years each.
     
  9. bdjh

    bdjh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have one bird that lays eggs like that - maybe not quite as many speckles - from the first day she started laying. I think they're the prettiest ones we have.
     

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