Why the raised brown speckling

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hillfarm, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. hillfarm

    hillfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    My EE lays smooth green eggs, sometimes. Other times there are raised brown speckles all over the shell. Why?
    The gang is free ranged and given laying mash.
     
  2. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't know the answer to this, but I always get them on my brown eggs,

    Sandie
     
  3. hillfarm

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    My husband's theory is that she's getting more bugs and they protein is transferring to the shell. I guess it could be. Just thought it odd.
     
  4. beth59

    beth59 Out Of The Brooder

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    I get that too, with only one of my EEs. Sometimes they're smooth and solid colored, other times rough with the tiny brown speckles. Doesn't seem to correspond to more free range time or anything else that I can pair it with.

    Beth
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    A green egg is a blue egg with brown spray paint. So if the painter doesn't spray it evenly, you'll get the speckles.
     
  6. Yazzo

    Yazzo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's raised speckles, instead of just 'paint spatters', then it's just an excess of calcium on the shell. I believe there is scientific research on the subject, but I'm not too savvy about the technicalities of the phenomenon. Need to read up on it again..... I think I can safely say, it's not a problem at all though. Eggs are safe, hen should be safe, not a problem. [​IMG]
     
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