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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Thebernards, Dec 24, 2016.
Why did this happen?!
What do you mean...? Hens lay different eggs, and some may come out spotted?
What a gorgeous egg! You must be very proud! What breed laid it?
Spotted and reddish colored eggs come to be that way from the layer of color the hen secretes and deposits after the egg passes through the shell gland. The spots are a signature of that particular hen, just as your hand writing is particular to only you and no one else. No other hen will do it in exactly the same way. The color comes from expended red blood cells, and sometimes they can vary in pattern.
I have some Welsummers that sometime lay spotted red eggs and sometimes the patterns come out as stripes. I never know what I'm going to get. It makes gathering eggs an event to relish.
I never knew a hen could lay a spotted egg, lol We have some mixed breeds of unknown origin so not sure of the exact breeds for the one that laid this egg.