What is up with this egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by oregonkat, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. oregonkat

    oregonkat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is from one of my Welsummer hens. What is going on? This is the first egg I have had from her that is a: this dark, hers are usually very mid brown, and b: this weird texture, it is very rough, not to mention the 'blood spots'
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    Is this something I should be concerned about? Nothing has changed in the diet, all free range and layer granules with hen scratch thrown in once a day.

    Any ideas would be very helpful.
    Thanks
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Hmmm...saw another egg recently that had the thick dark area on it....

    Is it blood, did it wash off?
    Could be excessive color coating and/or excessive calcium.

    Probably just a glitch...sometimes there are 'one off' funky eggs.

    How long has she been laying?
     
  3. oregonkat

    oregonkat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It does not wash off!! The only thing that comes off with water is some of the brown coating chipping off kind of like paint revealing a pale brown shell underneath. So weird!! She has been laying since about last October, give or take a bit, so quite a long time. Hopefully, just a glitch like you said.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    So if it didn't wash off, it's not blood.......excessive calcium and coating I suspect.
     
  5. Elky

    Elky Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree, extra calcium.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    It's just a one-off thing most likely.

    I have one hen who lays eggs with excess calcium consistently. They're perfectly fine to eat and she's healthy as can be, it's just a glitch in her system. She's a Marans, and her spots are the opposite of your girl. On mine, the calcium spots are lighter in color. It's not very appealing looking and I don't put those in cartons for customers, but we eat them all the time. She's been doing it on and off for a few months with no other issues.
     
  7. oregonkat

    oregonkat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the input. I shall not concern myself.
     

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