White spots on BO eggshell

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Trish1974, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2016
    North Central IN
    I know others have posted this before, getting an egg like this on occasion or from a new layer, but I have a buff orpington pullet that has been laying for a little over a month now and consistently lays eggs with these white spots on them. Sometimes just a few spots, sometimes loaded. There is texture to the spots, but do not flake off. I've tried to wash them off and all they do is turn dark when I get them wet and go back to white when dry. None of the other pullets are laying eggs like this and they are all on the same diet. I thought she'd outgrow it but no such luck. I'd like to start selling some eggs but don't want to sell hers looking like this (personally it doesn't bother me but you know how people can be). Any ideas why she is laying eggs like this and if there is anything I can do nutritionally to stop it?



  2. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Living in a galaxy far, far away...

    You are SO LUCKY!!! I've got a hen who lays like that from time to time. She is an artist [​IMG]. It isn't anything to be worried about - we used to have a brahma who laid eggs with purple spots.
  3. RCCheshire

    RCCheshire Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 15, 2016
    Southeast Missouri
    We have an EE that lays green eggs with white spots! :)
  4. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Living in a galaxy far, far away...

    We gotthis random egg IN THE DIRT that was light green everywhere - except for the big end. It was like a giant spot on the end. I need to download my camera [​IMG]
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    It's excess calcium, nothing to be concerned about.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Ditto Dat^^^

    I have a hen that consistently lays eggs with excess calcium bumps, egg are fine, she's just got a funky shell gland.
  7. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL
    'cause they are chickens, not machines!
    Barring an obvious health problem, its nothing to worry about.
    From time to time they will all lay speckled eggs, bumpy eggs, wrinkled eggs, small eggs, double yolkers, oblong eggs, soft shells, etc.....
    Its all fine.
    Just make sure they are well fed, get enough calcium and lots of water. And enjoy the variation.
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j True BYC Addict

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Go ahead and sell them. If anyone asks, this is a more "natural" egg than anything you'd buy in the store. If someone is bothered by it, make sure they get a dozen without that speckled egg. The people who get eggs from me enjoy the funky ones. Those who want the boring pristine white ones can go to the store and get them. ;)
  9. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL
    I agree with Bobbi-J.

    Don't worry about it, there will be plenty of people to buy your eggs at premium, spots, wrinkle, bumps and all.

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