Spotted chicken eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by purosaviparos, May 18, 2011.

  1. purosaviparos

    purosaviparos Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    I have a few different breeds roamin in the back 40 including (what i believe to be) Marans, Wyandottes, Norfolk Grey and Anconas , about 70 birds in total, and of course several hybrids of each one. (at least thats what they look like according to internet pictures). My goal is egg production, living outside of the US well basically there are no rules here, selling eggs from your house is very acceptable and unless you happen to sell a few spoiled ones (not that ive ever done it, just heard of those who have) nobody gives you any guff. However, my egg buying community really likes to see brown spotted eggs and i would really like to know more about getting them to this composition. I have read that it all depends on genetics, ear lobes and feathers and such can note what will be put forth. I am just wondering, in the attempt to make a seperate area specifically for breeding brown spotted eggs; If i hatch brown spotted eggs will this result in brown spotted egg putters? Of course this would also have to do with the rooster but just being a good colored/spotted egg should mean the passing of the same genetics right? Also some eggs come out just brown and not spotted, is there a way to get the eggs to have more spots, by means of special food or maybe I could put food coloring in the water haha, the last part is a joke, but would really like to give my customers what they are looking for. To date i have been selling by the dozen, well a variety of white, cream, brown and brown spotted, any input on the topic?
  2. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
    Welsummers tend to lay a lot of brown spotted eggs from what I've seen. Can't think of another breed that consistently lays them.
  3. naughtyhens

    naughtyhens Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2011
    San Francisco
    Welsummers are what you want for sure. All around nice chicken. My eggs aren't that dark but they've got more freckles than Lindsay Lohan.
  4. Barrdwing

    Barrdwing Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've gotten some freckled eggs from our barred Rock hen, and the bantam partridge Cochins do some speckling, although not as often. The speckled Sussex hens were good at doing freckled brown eggs too. I have two EE hens that lay green eggs with brown speckles; they're sort of "off-model" as far as EEs are concerned, because they don't have muffs or beards. But as far as chicken breeds that provide reliable spotting on eggs, I couldn't say--we've never had huge numbers of any one breed.
  5. Peregrine

    Peregrine Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2009
    North Georgia
    I've got a Turkin (bare neck) that sometimes lays spotted eggs, but not consistantly. I also was wondering what makes them sometimes have spots and sometimes not. They look so pretty mixed in with my other brown, blue/green, and pale pink eggs.
  6. hillbillycitygirl

    hillbillycitygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    my barred rocks lay speckled eggs, not dark by any means but speckled for sure.
  7. purosaviparos

    purosaviparos Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    Could you anyone recommened a reliable clean mail order source to make an order for some welsummer eggs?

  8. Jeevesrules

    Jeevesrules Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Otley, Leeds, England
    My welsummer lays some ver dark spotted eggs and some notsodarkbutstillalittlebitdark spotted eggs!! [​IMG]

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