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

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    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

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    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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