Speckled eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kris13, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. kris13

    kris13 In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2016
    I read the "common egg problems" article and it mentioned that could from having too much calcium. But don't some chickens lay speckled eggs? (as in is there a way to tell the difference?)

  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Yes - some breeds are known for laying speckled eggs. Generally speaking excess calcium deposits form more of a bump, or clusters of bumps, than a speckle, the speckling is a function of the pigment deposits on the outer shell.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    'Speckled' eggs can happen for several different reasons...very few of which are a 'problem'.
    Can be caused by:
    Excess or uneven pigment coating.
    Excess or uneven cuticle(bloom).
    Excess calcium deposits.
    Porous eggs can appear speckled.
    Some birds lay them consistently, some only once in awhile.
    The pigment or bloom can change appearance when wet, then change back when dry again.

    As long as bird is getting a good diet and is healthy in every other way, it is no cause for concern.

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