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"Striped" Egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RMo2, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. RMo2

    RMo2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found this egg in the nesting box yesterday. I have never seen a "striped" egg. Any idea on what would cause this appearance?


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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I get them all the time.
    The chemicals that make the color get applied just before the cuticle as the egg passes through and leaves the shell gland. Sometimes the rate of travel changes.
     
  3. Cotton42

    Cotton42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's just getting ready for Easter! [​IMG]
     
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  4. It's because of the bloom. It happens to me, but with spots, when I pick up a fresh, still-wet egg
     
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  5. LeJeune1

    LeJeune1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say she is practicing for Easter!
     
  6. RMo2

    RMo2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone-- It does look like an Easter egg [​IMG]
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It happens prior to the application of the bloom/cuticle. I get dark brown on one end and tan on the other often. A couple of times I had russet on the large end, lavender in the middle and plum on the small end. I'll post pics the next time I get one.
     
  8. cra-zchicknlady

    cra-zchicknlady Out Of The Brooder

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    Cool. We just started getting striped eggs, a pale stripe in the middle, from an Australorp.
     

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