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So I got four chooks and 1 bantam. So slowly the bantam eggs are changing colour it's gone from brown to tinted to cream,white to blue,olive now going dark cho? Crazy!!!!😱😮😦😞😳👹
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Magic is technology not yet understood.

The pigment that goes into the brown for egg shell color is made from recycled dead red blood cells. Red blood cells are dying and new ones are being made all the time so the raw material used for that process is constant. However, before a pullet starts to lay and during the time a hen is molting and not laying she stores up certain materials in her body to help with that process. It gradually gets used up. Normally the darkest egg a chicken will lay is the first in her laying cycle. The longer she lays the more gets used up so the egg gradually lightens. I’ve had some fairly dark brown egg layers lay almost white eggs before they take a break from egg laying and molt. When they start up laying after the molt the eggs are again nice and dark.

Occasionally a hen can have a glitch with her egg making system and lay an egg darker or lighter than normal, usually lighter. That can explain a really strange colored egg that comes out of nowhere. It’s not a big deal, the egg is still perfectly good to eat and it does not mean anything is wrong with the hen. Her system just had a hick-up.

Eggs getting lighter over time, perfectly normal and should be expected. Nothing crazy about it at all.

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 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

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Originally Posted by caw555 View Post

So I got four chooks and 1 bantam. So slowly the bantam eggs are changing colour it's gone from brown to tinted to cream,
white to blue,
olive now going dark cho? Crazy!!!!😱😮😦😞😳👹

Brown can go lighter, all the way to white.

White cannot go to blue.

Olive can go to blue, but not dark cho(-colate?)

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #4 of 9
The technology for a hen’s egg to go from white to blue or olive to dark chocolate is pretty simple. Different hens are laying those eggs. Genetically it is impossible for eggs to go from white to blue or olive to dark chocolate. Whether the other hens laying those eggs are yours or whether someone is playing a practical joke on you is still uncertain.

 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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Originally Posted by Ridgerunner View Post

The technology for a hen’s egg to go from white to blue or olive to dark chocolate is pretty simple. Different hens are laying those eggs. Genetically it is impossible for eggs to go from white to blue or olive to dark chocolate. Whether the other hens laying those eggs are yours or whether someone is playing a practical joke on you is still uncertain.

I wouldn't denote 'observer error' as 'technology'  :D ....just 'bad data'....haha!

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #6 of 9
I’m not convinced it’s observer error. I think practical joke ranks way up there as a possibility.

 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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It would depend on if those chooks were EE or not.  With EE, blue, green, and varied shades of olive/aqua, tan, brown, pinkish possible.  If a brown egg layer ran out of pigment, the egg could be very close to white.  Or... practical joker has too much time on his hands.

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Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by Ridgerunner View Post

I’m not convinced it’s observer error. I think practical joke ranks way up there as a possibility.

Could be a jokester......Observation could solve that mystery too.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
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Well!!! some teenagers have been feeding her bits of food when they think I'm not looking, and she's gone quite pale?
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