Spots on eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sharon Bee, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. Sharon Bee

    Sharon Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2013
    Can anyone tell me what are the small dark brownish spots that show up on some of the eggs? I thought they were part of the shell but upon scraping and washing, some of it comes off. Is it blood? Is it normal? I hate to give people those eggs. The spots aren't there all the time.
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Sounds like speckling. It's a hen with genetics to have a darker egg color, but her body glitches and doesn't apply the brown "paint" evenly, instead giving the speckled look. I get them sporadically, mostly from my Welsummer but I do have a green egg layer that puts brown spots on her eggs--camo eggs!

    It's normal, doesn't effect the hen or the egg. The folks I gift eggs to love the speckles, it just adds more variety.

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