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Can a chicken lay brown AND white eggs?

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I am really confused. My 2-year-old California White used to lay nice white eggs. Then she started laying thin-shelled eggs this spring and would sometimes eat them. Then she was having problems laying altogether and seemed to have stopped laying. Today, I heard her jump out of a nest box and come running out of the coop. When I went inside, I found one very warm, brown egg. There were no other chickens in the house. Could she have laid this brown egg?

I started searching online and could find nothing about a hen changing egg color. I looked at her lobes, and she has mottled red-and-white lobes! Does anyone have any insights?

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frow and welcome-byc from Ohio. So glad you joined. I am not sure about that but when it come to poultry, I think anything is possible. thumbsup

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TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
Always calibrate your hygrometer before you incubate!!

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frow & welcome-byc from Louisiana! I know that I've had some of my brown layers that laid an almost white, but that's the only experience I've had with them changing colors! Hope you get an answer to your question!!

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Great hubby, 2 kids, 3 furry babies, lots of chickens!!

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welcome-byc
hi! I dunno  yet! mines not laying yet, but i bet you will get your answer soon!!

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8 Barred rocks + 3 Australorps + 4 Rhode Island Reds + 1 Welsummer rooster + 1 Rhode island red / Gold laced waydanotte Rooster + 3 stuffed rainbow trouts = 3 chickens and 2 Roosters, which are not chickens and 3 trout's oh my gosh! I still got room in the coop! I love chicken math!

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It could be! let us know if she keeps her egg color changing?   frow Hi, from Big Bear Calif, always good to meet another feather brainier. welcome-bycyippiechickie

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frow & welcome-byc from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Our Easter Egger hens have gone from laying very green eggs to white ones with a green tint every so often, so I guess it could be hers.

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Hi and Welcome......

REALLY interesting post. 

I have heard, especially from people who have flocks that lay chocolate colored eggs, that the color coatings lighten during the laying cycle.  i.e. -- darker eggs at the beginning of the cycle and lighter at the end of the cycle.

In the case of your chicken, especially since she seems to have a break between the white and the brown eggs, perhaps she is beginning a new cycle and at the end of the duration her eggshell color will lighten.

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frow Hello and welcome to BYC!  I thought I read it on here somewhere where the egg changed color.  I personally haven't experienced it.  Good luck finding your answer.

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welcome-byc From SE GA.

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