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#74653 - 03/11/05 01:09 PM Speckles on eggs

Some of the eggs that were previously clear are now having speckles (look like big freckles) on them. What causes this?


#74654 - 03/11/05 03:33 PM Re: Speckles on eggs

I have the same question, but I'd be willing to bet they are either calcium or pigment deposits...

I noticed that some of the dark brown egg laying breeds like welsummers and marans have heavily spotted eggs, which results in their really dark color... so I am going with a pigment spot...

many of my brown eggs get them and they almsot always rub off during cleanin.

#74655 - 03/11/05 04:18 PM Re: Speckles on eggs
CJR Offline
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Registered: 07/16/02
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Loc: Montana
Yes, pigment blobs. Some hens lay eggs with those spots regularly and others occasionally, and some breed, most always--kind of neat. CJR

#74656 - 03/11/05 07:14 PM Re: Speckles on eggs
Tucson Chickens Offline
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Registered: 09/07/04
Posts: 320
Loc: Arizona
Dotty - you and I must have a psychic link, I was going to post a similar message!
My BLR wyndottes have started laying and I am getting REALLY weird looking eggs. Light brown (pink) with dark brown spots uniform size and uniformly scattered all over. I almost looks more like a speckled birds egg. I have Marans that lay the red eggs with darker red pigment spots, but these Wyndotte eggs are strange. Anyone else???

#74657 - 03/11/05 07:50 PM Re: Speckles on eggs
Clark Offline

Registered: 02/16/05
Posts: 117
Loc: California
My Rode Island Red lays medbrown with dark brown spots. They are beautiful.

#74658 - 03/11/05 09:12 PM Re: Speckles on eggs
HD Chick Offline

Registered: 11/27/04
Posts: 137
Loc: Wyoming
My Australorp layed nice brown speckeled eggs I saved (blew) a couple because they are fun.

#74659 - 03/13/05 06:00 AM Re: Speckles on eggs

My Maran Crosses lay brown eggs with darker speckles and my Welsomers lay some really dark red/brown eggs which are also sometimes speckled all over cool
Very popular with my friends & neighbours.

They're such clever girls


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