Too much calcium?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cferschke, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. cferschke

    cferschke Just Hatched

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    Is it possible for chickens to get too much calcium? I buy the Purine layer crumbles with oyster shells. In addition, I give them free access to their own shells separately.

    Does it look like this is the result of too much calcium or just how a particular hen's eggs look? One hen always lays the speckled kind on the left. And I think another hen always lays ones that look like the one on the right. I just thought it was a lighter egg, but it looks likes it's just more spotted.

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    Thanks for any input you can give!
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Those look like 'speckles' from anomalies in color coating and/or bloom....
    .....rather than excess calcium spots which are usually bumpy.

    So, it's just how a particular hens eggs look.

    Even bumpy 'excess' calcium spots are not necessarily from too much calcium, just a fluke of how that bird processes calcium and form an egg shell. I have one bird that consistently has calcium bumps on her eggs.
     
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  3. cferschke

    cferschke Just Hatched

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    Thank you!!! That makes me feel so much better.
     
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  4. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens are very good at controlling there calcium intake noting to be worried about.
     
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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Speckles aren't from calcium.

    It was explained to me like this....

    the egg is white. The brown coloring on the shell is "sprayed" on at the end of the egg's production.

    sometimes the "sprayer" gets clogged, so to speak, and you get speckles of different colors.

    Some breeds or strains are more known for speckled eggs. Welsummers come to mind.

    Here are some of my speckled eggs from over the years.....

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  6. lylashappynana

    lylashappynana New Egg

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    Humm I was wondering about a similar coloring question. All the sudden one of my girls (bsl) is laying eggs with a slight whitish cast on them. Not raised or anything. I guess maybe it's nothing to worry about?
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Heavy bloom would be my guess....some birds do it once in a while, some all the time.
    Nah, nothing to worry about with no other symptoms.
     

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