Does anyone know of a breed of chicken that typically lays eggs that are speckled?
I've got a really pretty assortment of egg colors for filling the cartons - that's almost half the joy of selling eggs, IMHO. But, I would like to have speckled eggs, too. I have had a hen or two over the years that lay eggs like that, but haven't been able to propagate that feature by hatching out speckled eggs. Maybe it was just an aberration with those hens or the eggs I hatched were all cockerels. who knows?
I used to think that we got the odd speckled egg, but to my horror I found that it was a speckling of blood and came off if I washed it . We only wash them to get the worst of the poop off when we sell them so I didn't catch on for a long time.
I would be curious to know if there are any breeds that throw truly speckled eggs.....there must be a few out there surely???
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I have about 30 Rhode Island Reds and about 8-10 sex links. None of them lay speckled eggs. I also did an online search and couldn't find any chickens that lay speckled eggs. I am wondering if it's not just something that comes out in various breeds from time to time.
Many breeds will lay a "speckled" egg (even Buff-Orphington, RR, and others). The speckling looks like anything from a few white/red spots, to something akin to the splatter (texture) pattern on your wall. The white speckles are calcium deposits, and the brownish/red speckles are blood deposits. While this probably does not harm the "food" quality of the egg, it does, however, greatly reduce the chance that said egg is fertile. A clean, smooth egg may not LOOK as "appealing", but they are probably better in the long run.
Besides, it CAN'T be comfortable for the hen......
Post by Jerseylady*Heather* on Jan 7, 2010 0:24:56 GMT -5
I too have not heard of a breed that specifically lays speckled eggs. But my Marans hens when they lay they are often dark brown with black speckles. Most of the eggs are speckled when you look close enough. I have had a few that were really noticeable but most are just dark brown. Good question though I would be curious to see if there are any other speckled eggs out there.
Post by Malissa---(menns) on Jan 7, 2010 11:09:04 GMT -5
Hi. I subscribe to Backyard Poultry magazine and really like it. They have articles from the 'answer man' where he addresses such questions. You may find the answer in there. The website is backyardpoultrymag.com. Good luck, Malissa
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I have had the marans that laid a lot of speckled eggs, but they always had dark specks inside the egg too like meat spots or what ever. Seems often that what ever it is that is making the spots on the outside leaves spots floating in the egg and was really not the highest quality egg.
Liz had some beautiful white eggs with dark brown spots, that I had to ask about that I had seen in some of her pictures. I am embarrassed to admit that I asked her about it she said that they were golf balls that were a little poopy, ;D LOL, and I was so envious!! For shame- shame on me! LOL But it would have been a very beautiful egg.
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I used to think that we got the odd speckled egg, but to my horror I found that it was a speckling of blood and came off if I washed it .
I've had egg customers comment favorably on my "speckled eggs," I just smile and nod. ;D
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