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I have 7 hens... 1 BR, 2 EE, 2 RIR & 2 White Leghorns.  I have been told and read often that the White Leghorns will lay white eggs.  All were hatched the 2nd week in March 2010.  THe last 3 days, I have gotten 6 eggs that are brown or green (EE's).

Has anyone had or heard of a White Leghorn laying brown eggs?

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our 3 white leghorns lay nothing but white eggs?  Never heard of them laying a brown egg?

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Are you sure they are leghorns?  What color are their earlobes?  Most chickens (there are a couple of exceptions) that have red earlobes will lay brown eggs, the ones with white earlobes will lay white eggs.  A true white leghorn should have white earlobes.

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They could be White Rocks instead of Leghorns. Check the earlobe color, or post a pic

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post #5 of 10

I'm guessing you have White Rocks.

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post #6 of 10

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  If they have white/greenish lobes they are leghorns...but I thought one of mine was a leghorn and it had red lobes...turned out to be a white rock and it lays brown eggs.... 


   Hope it helps!

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Mom of 6 kids.homeschooler.  Lots of chickens BR/Austrolops/Silkies/White Rocks/Comets/Tetra Tints/EE's/Silkie cuckoo mix/white cochin/mille de fluer/sebright  whew I think that's it.  Guineas, Pekin Ducks, NZ/Rex bunny, choc.lab/springer, & a pure bred shih-tzu. 

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i had same problem its probaly white rocks heres a pic( i thought it was leghorn too!but mean chicken seller sold me white rock which was 3 months instead of 6 months)
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/67785_cimg4946.jpg


Edited by peewee6765 - 9/18/10 at 5:33am
5 chickens 2 RIR 1 Leghorns 1 white rock and 1 Hubbard all laying (100+ cows too!)
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5 chickens 2 RIR 1 Leghorns 1 white rock and 1 Hubbard all laying (100+ cows too!)
CRAZY COCKERALS THE SPORTY ONE!!!!
''What are you doing?'' ''Im on the computer.Duh.'' ''Your living aren't you?Go out and live your
life.'' ''But in on BYC'' ''Oh, thats ok then''
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    The good news about White Rocks is that mine (at least) lays a consistently large brown egg most every day!!!  thumbsup

Mom of 6 kids.homeschooler.  Lots of chickens BR/Austrolops/Silkies/White Rocks/Comets/Tetra Tints/EE's/Silkie cuckoo mix/white cochin/mille de fluer/sebright  whew I think that's it.  Guineas, Pekin Ducks, NZ/Rex bunny, choc.lab/springer, & a pure bred shih-tzu. 

       Love our little backyard farm!!!   

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Mom of 6 kids.homeschooler.  Lots of chickens BR/Austrolops/Silkies/White Rocks/Comets/Tetra Tints/EE's/Silkie cuckoo mix/white cochin/mille de fluer/sebright  whew I think that's it.  Guineas, Pekin Ducks, NZ/Rex bunny, choc.lab/springer, & a pure bred shih-tzu. 

       Love our little backyard farm!!!   

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post #9 of 10

I have what I thought was a leghorn too...solid white.  That JUST laid a light brown egg.  The same color as my buff orpingtons.  I was waiting for a large white egg.  I only have one white egg layer, or so I thought.  I inherited these (11) and was waiting for them to start laying again.  It was a medium almost round egg.  Strange!!!!

Shelley, one calls me wife, six call me mom.  My chickens....too many.  3 RIR, 4 BO, 2 WLH, 1 EE (hen), 1 EE (rooster), 1 black sexlink, 1 white austra, 1 black australorpe, 2 BR, 2 old english silver duckwing bantam, and two heritage chicks.  One dog, two cats and numerous fish.
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Shelley, one calls me wife, six call me mom.  My chickens....too many.  3 RIR, 4 BO, 2 WLH, 1 EE (hen), 1 EE (rooster), 1 black sexlink, 1 white austra, 1 black australorpe, 2 BR, 2 old english silver duckwing bantam, and two heritage chicks.  One dog, two cats and numerous fish.
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post #10 of 10

Maybe I misunderstood, lol, but 5 of the 7 hens could lay brown eggs, 3 for sure (BR & RIR's)...are you sure the brown eggs came from your white chickens?  Maybe the others are laying the brown eggs?


Edited by dewey - 4/2/11 at 4:03pm
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