Spotted brown eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wortman, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. wortman

    wortman Out Of The Brooder

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    Why would my hen be laying white spotted brown eggs and it's kinda rough[​IMG] I'm new at this just want to make sure my hen are OK
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    Brown eggs are white eggs with a layer of brown "spray paint" (pigment) applied to the outer shell. In the case of eggs like you are getting it is just that the pigment did not settle on all the surface, possibly caused by the observed uneven surface. This is not uncommon and is not indicative of anything being wrong.
     
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  3. wortman

    wortman Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you that's good to know
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    '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 or 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.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Ditto.

    It looks like excess calcium to me.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Looks like excess bloom to me....or 'batik-ed' coating, where coating didn't 'stick'.
    Really hard to tell from the pic.
    But...Yes, if rough...excess calcium.
     
  7. faulkan

    faulkan Just Hatched

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    I've got a similar "issue" with my Barred Rock. I keep reading about excess calcium being the cause but my other 2 girls, Easter egger and Gold-laced Wyandotte, are producing perfectly painted eggs so I'm not quite sure that is the cause, at least in my case. In addition, the eggs in question are very smooth to the touch so I'm inclined to think there are no "deposits", calcium or otherwise on the eggs. Any ideas from you fine folks? [​IMG]
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Scroll up, read post #4.
     
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  9. faulkan

    faulkan Just Hatched

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    Thank you. I saw that post but still wondered if those explanations are for rare occasions or they might also explain consistently laying eggs like this. From the first egg she laid, they've all looked like what I posted. All of my girls are also very young and only started laying a month or so ago. The excess bloom as stated above doesn't make any sense to me either because, unless I'm mistaken, the color is painted before the bloom is put in place.
     
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    ...and it can go for awhile, then stop.... then start back up, or not.
     

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