Welsummer eggs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SemperFiChicken, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. SemperFiChicken

    SemperFiChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I got a Welsummer hen yesterday and expected her eggs to be brown with dark brown speckles. Today she laid an egg and is a darkish brown with white speckles. Is this a normal type?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    It is not abnormal - is the bird reported to be of production (hatchery) stock, or from exhibition lines? This will play into the expected quality of egg color she might produce . Many of her breed will produce eggs that are not speckled - and in this case that is what has happened, the white "speckles" are not actually speckles as the speckles on a brown egg are caused by extra deposit of pigment, in the case of white speckles you are looking at gaps in the application of pigment, lack of settling into pores, excess bloom, etc. Production bred welsummers frequently produce eggs that are unremarkable in comparison to those produced by other brown laying breeds.
     
  3. SemperFiChicken

    SemperFiChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    That egg with white speckles was only that first time. Everyone since had had dark speckles. Thank you for the explanation!
     

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