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My brown egg layer is laying white eggs suddenly!! Any ideas?

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My RIR hens recently came out of molt, and started to lay again.  Today I found 2 very pale eggs in with a few brown eggs.  Do you think that it's possible they are just the first since molt, and therefore a little off, or is there some other cause?  They seem happy and healthy, and look beuatiful with all their new feathers.

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I don't have an answer for you but I had the same experience earlier this year. I'm not sure who it was but I got a few off colored or "colorless" brown eggs. Fortunately it did not last very long so I did not worry too much and have not seen it since.

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"I here you clickin' big chicken."
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post #3 of 8

I have heard with RIR that the eggs get more brown as the hen continues forward in her cycle.

I hatched out 9 salmon faverolles between 3/1-4.  80% fertility, 75% hatch rate on my first go at it.  Thanks Cloverleaf for the eggs and to the entire flock here on BYC for the support during the hatch.  I am off to clean pasty butts...
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I hatched out 9 salmon faverolles between 3/1-4.  80% fertility, 75% hatch rate on my first go at it.  Thanks Cloverleaf for the eggs and to the entire flock here on BYC for the support during the hatch.  I am off to clean pasty butts...
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My Redstar laid a second egg in a day's time and it wasn't very brown, but not white either.

It's the one in the center:
http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs001.snc3/10858_596897091831_55007926_34237360_485422_n.jpg

She went back to laying regular brown eggs after that, no more "trouble" since then. I think it was a fluke kindof thing. The brown coating is the last to be put on the egg and I guess she laid it too quickly hu

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One thing is for sure. The price of a dead hen is a dead pred.
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post #5 of 8

It sounds strange RIR are brown egglayers. Can you attached pics to compare the color of the eggs like that of Tala's?

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open." - Arnold H. Glasgow
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The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open." - Arnold H. Glasgow
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Mine do that sometimes... not sure why but I just figured that it had something to do with their egg making... they seem fine tho! and also they arent machines so they will have variences in thier eggs right???

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My life is a wonderful zoo! 1 Jack Russel TONY, 1 Rat Terrier BRIDGET, 1 Porcelain D'uccle (Victor), 2 Easter eggers (Clara and Loraine), 2 evil barred rocks and 2 two month old Speckled Sussex hens (Kate and Pippa).
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post #7 of 8

Below is a link to an article from the Extension staff of the University of Florida concerning the subject matter.  The article provides educated insight about the loss of shell pigment (color) in brown eggs.  Hope this helps.



http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm047

post #8 of 8

Thanks for the link choidle, I came on here to find out why my brown eggs are starting to look more white/cream. I think they are just old. Most of my laying hens are over 2 years old. Thanks again.

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