Project Chickens before the Eggs – Lesson 202 – the curious case of the speckled chicken egg

This is a story of  the curious case of the speckled chicken egg

The other day we had one of our eggs returned. Not because it was bad or defective but because the woman we had given it to thought it was beautiful and wanted us to have it to take a photo for “that blog of yours”.

Here is the beautiful, spotted chicken egg:

"We are all different" - "I'm not."

Hmm, I thought as I held the egg. What do we have here? I briefly wondered is this was yet another sign of the approaching Zombie apocalypse but then tucked that thought away for Sunday night when Trevor and I hunker down to watch The Walking Dead.

Instead I inspected the egg, the spots were too uniform around the shell to have been caused by a caustic agent. I had wondered if maybe some poop had splattered on the shell bleaching it.

Also, the spots were a bit raised. Almost like mini deposits of calcium. Calcium deposits on eggs are usually an indication that you need to cut back on the calcium supplementation. With our recent egg-less shell was it possible that we had over-compensated and given the birds too much calcium which was now trying to leave the bird’s body by adhering to the shell?

But calcium deposits don’t look like this, they look like actual lumps on the shell, true malformations. And if you look at our spotted egg shell there is no obvious deformity, no flat side to the egg, no divets. Except for the spots, it’s a perfect egg.

In doing my research I discovered that the same chicken can lay many different types of eggs which can vary in hue (I saw that one chicken had laid a whitish, a beige and a brown egg – amazing) and in “speckledness”. While brown spots are usually the eggs that are asked questions about – in much the same way you ask your Doctor about a new dark spot on your skin, there have been some questions and concern about eggs with these small raised white spots.

While there are some who think it could be a calcium overload (meaning you’d have to keep a careful eye on your eggs in the future to “read” them for whether you should cut back or add) others think it is just a natural variation. A lucky egg of a different color, still edible and still worthy of being appreciated. It’s an egg that’s different Beautiful in it’s own way.

And despite the spots or perhaps especially because of them, it’s still a perfect egg.

5 Comments

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5 responses to “Project Chickens before the Eggs – Lesson 202 – the curious case of the speckled chicken egg

  1. Erika Lessard

    Oh, please, (sorry if I missed it) what type of chicken was it that laid this great anomaly?

    Gorgeous! Thanks for putting it online 🙂

  2. LoL, I have found two eggs like that this year, they’re pictured in my blog with the rest of the eggs…I find it very pretty and plan to blow out the insides so I can save the shell intact. Something my Boyfriend thought of, but is it possible for such “staining” could be caused by the rooster mating with the hens, since everything goes in one hole so to speak?

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  4. Billie Gerstenberger

    I’ve been getting poop splattered eggs and want to know what to do to prevent
    this. I heard that a clean egg means a healthy chicken. My reds don’t have this problem. My buffs are the ones with ths problem. Can you help me? These poop splattered eggs are a pain to wash and clean. Thank you!

  5. Rebecca Burt

    I have a little bantam hen who ALWAYS lays these! Once in a while the spots will be a pink/purple color. Ive never been able to figure it out!!

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