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Who is laying the speckled eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by moenmitz, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. moenmitz

    moenmitz Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Getting 7-8 eggs a day now out of our 30 young hens- all varying shades of brown, save for the white egg laid by our sole leghorn- but on a few occasions, I have found a small brown speckled egg amidst the solids.

    I have Buff Orpingtons, Silver Wyandottes, Plymouth Partridge Rock, Barred Rock, White Giant, Buff Rock, Turkens (I have seen the turkens laying solid brown eggs, so am kind of ruling them out) & three, 14 week old Freedom Ranger hens (who I dont THINK are laying yet, but ya never know)- Any of these partial to speckles, or is this just an anomaly?

  2. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I also wondered about the speckles. I only have five that are old enough to lay and I only get the speckles occasionally. It's not dirt spots, it's "speckles",but they wash off. ?????
    I'm pretty sure it's my buff brahma hen.
  3. nailjack

    nailjack In the Brooder

    Nov 29, 2008
    My RIR also occationally leave speckled eggs, It seems that it may be dried blood? not sure but they wash off with a sponge?
  4. moenmitz

    moenmitz Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    I haven't tried to scrub them off, just lightly washed off some poo...so Idont know if they wash off or not. So does nobody lays speckled eggs consistently?
  5. Jster

    Jster Songster

    Dec 11, 2007
    My red sexlink that just died last week layed speckled eggs, every one, even her pullet eggs. We also have a black sexlink that lays speckled eggs with darker pigmentation around the flatter end, so they look almost decorated. And these don't wash off at all, they are definitely part of the eggshell.
  6. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    I have one barred rock that lays really dark eggs... like a dark marans egg... and it has speckles. She's the only one that lays them like that, too. The other BRs look just like the RIRs. [​IMG]
  7. Ruby, the darkest of my golden comets, lays a speckled egg- speckles do not wash off...

  8. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    All of my pullets lay speckled eggs...even the EE's (green with speckles). I'm not sure what causes the speckles but I find them rather pretty!
  9. verycherry

    verycherry Songster

    May 29, 2008
    SC Arkansas
    I've been wondering what causes the speckles also. I have one hen that lays speckled eggs one day and then plain brown for a day or two and then speckled again. It's odd, but they're so pretty. I'd love having more of them. I wonder if you hatched only the speckled eggs if those chickens would lay speckled eggs even more often than the parents?
  10. campergirl

    campergirl Hatching

    May 9, 2010
    We have Buffs & Wyandotts (and Aracaunas, but I know their eggs are not speckled browns) and are also getting brown speckled eggs. They're so pretty! Also curious to know who is laying what...is there any way to figure it out?

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