What makes some eggs "freckled"

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lesa, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My nephews are fascinated with the chickens and their eggs. They are especially enamored with the "freckled" ones. I only have RIR's, and I only get freckled eggs occasionally. They all free range, so I am assuming some of them eat something that changes the shell of the egg... Is it dirt, stone... What do you think. I have 24 chickens and I am continually amazed at the different colors of the eggs. Thanks for helping the "chicken lady" answer her nephews questions!
     
  2. rdranch

    rdranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello
    Considering that you have RIR's my guess would that it's some of the pigment that gives color to the shell.

    I have several breeds and at least two do this once in a while. Just yesterday I actually saw it happen with my Wyandotte.

    Over time you will probably see many egg oddities. Chickens never cease to amaze me.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    I have no idea why they are freckled sometimes, but my hens do the same thing. I also have RIR's. And they come in different shades sometimes too. [​IMG]
     
  4. crzychickenlady

    crzychickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is interesting.

    I had the same question, but I figured it was the breed on mine.

    I have a Speckled Sussex that lays these eggs often, I just figured that they were sposed to be that way, lol..........
     
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I noticed after I fed my chickens veggies with BUTTER that there were alot of speckeled eggs after that. Butter isn't the best for them and they only got those leftover veggies cause I didn't want to throw them away.

    I'm betting the butter had something to do with it. Give it a try if you want to test - just some veggies with butter melted on em. And letus know. [​IMG]
     
  6. Ellie_NY_chick

    Ellie_NY_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never fed the chickies butter, and I get speckled ones from time to time.

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  7. mksenoj

    mksenoj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had the same question. Couldn't find answer.
     
  8. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I've heard from egg producers that it is stress related.
     
  9. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

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    My chickens have the life of riley and they still pop out a freckled one here and there...
     
  10. tanekahachicken

    tanekahachicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I get speckled eggs from my light sussex cross every day, and the other chickens (mixed breeds of some kind) only pop out a speckled one from time to time. I thought it was just the breed too with the light sussex. They seem to have a good life free ranging everywhere with no predators so I'm hoping it's not due to stress.
     

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