Weird White Splattering on Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by capebird, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    Cape Cod
    One of my Barred Rocks just started laying. She's laid 2 eggs so far.
    Both of them have had this weird white splattering over the surface of the
    egg. The best way to describe it is it looks like white paint splattered over
    the surface of the egg. This speckling is slightly raised.... and if I take a damp
    paper towel and kind of burnish the shell, the white splattering can be removed.
    Not easily.... but if I keep rubbing the shell... it can be removed.
    Is this anything that sounds typical... Is it okay to eat the eggs....??

    The other 2 BRs that have been laying... have not had this occurrence.

    I've attached a photo although it's hard to see from the photo what
    I'm talking about.

    Appreciate the suggestions and help.
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    How strange! One of mine just started doing that exact same thing! It's ok to eat, it's just something on the shell. I just wish I know what was causing it. I'd never have known they wash off but one had some poo on it and when I washed the poo, off came the white specks. She's been laying one like that all week, never has before.

    Oh, and this hen is almost 2 years old and this just now started happening.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2011
  3. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    I don't know what it is, I am interested to see if anyone knows. This happens to some of our chickens eggs sometimes. I have never thought much about it I just assumed it was something that gets on it when they are laying the egg. I mean I would think it is kind of like giving birth ( not quite as bad ) my point is I wouldn't imagine it is completely clean when it happens. There is probably some fluids and such that are completely normal to passing an egg. As I said we have never thought much about it and have always ate them. Hopefully someone can be a little more help then me.

    Good luck
  4. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    It is bloom.
    Hens that are very young sometimes produce too much. So the eggs are super safe to eat.
  5. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    Cape Cod
    Thanks for the responses. I assumed it is some chicken bodily fluid
    or "something" that gets deposited on the shell as it makes its
    way through the pipeline (so to speak).... and then hardens up.
    It's just kind of strange.

    But thanks for the follow up. I guess it would be interesting to
    hear a more scientific explanation of what it is, what causes it....
    but you've eased my concern :)

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