This Weeks Fun Photo: French Black Copper Maran Speckled Egg
Why are these eggs sometimes a deep chocolate and other times speckled? The answer lies in how the egg is laid by the hen. A French Black Copper Maran egg has a light brown shell naturally that is given an extra coating of dark protective coloring in the last few hours of the laying process, if you were to scratch the dark color with your finger nail it would begin to come off. When the coating is not fully applied the eggs can have a dinosaur speckled look like this egg laid yesterday. On the other side of the spectrum, the dark coating can be over applied and you can get an extremely dark egg with even darker speckles on top of that. Whatever the pattern you get on a given day is always a fun treat to go collect the days eggs and see what nature has done with the day!