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I have a mixed flock of about...45 hens...I think!!  I know I have a couple of breeds that will lay white eggs, such as 1 White Leghorn, 1 Brown Leghorn, & 2 Seabrights.  As far as I know, that is it for white layers.  The rest--Australorps, Ameracaunas, RIR, BO, Buff Brahama, Silver Lace, etc are all tinted layers.  Here's the issue...I have been checking the property for hidden caches of eggs because not that many are laying in the nests.  Early last week, all was clear.  Saturday, I noticed the White Leghorn sneaking around some tires behind the garage & went & checked.  I found 20 eggs, mostly white, in a tire.  So who is laying all the white eggs?  There were also a couple of TINY light tan eggs.  I would assume they were Seabright-sized, as they are the only Bantam hens I have.  The rest were medium to large white eggs.

I do have 2 ducks (1 male for sure, the other I hope is female), 2 guineas (both annoying, sex unknown) & a bunch of mutts from a Polish Roo & Australorp, RIR, or Ameracauna hens.  I know Polish lay white eggs. could their offspring lay white eggs?  Only one of the cached eggs was larger, possibly duck?  I can't come up with how there could be that many WHITE eggs in 4-5 days time.

Ideas??

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Duck egg shells feel different from chicken egg shells.  They are smoother and feel slightly oily.  I am guessing that multiple birds are using the same nest.

Good luck figuring out who's doing it.

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It could have just been your Leghorns or just one of them? How many days did she have a chance to lay one egg a day  before you found the hiding place?

5 Buff Orpingtons, 29 Standard Dark Brahmas, 17 Production Leghorns, 18 White Rocks, 11 RIRs and please don't tell my wife we have 80 live chickens on the property!
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5 Buff Orpingtons, 29 Standard Dark Brahmas, 17 Production Leghorns, 18 White Rocks, 11 RIRs and please don't tell my wife we have 80 live chickens on the property!
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Originally Posted by shelleen 

I have a mixed flock of about...45 hens...I think!!  I know I have a couple of breeds that will lay white eggs, such as 1 White Leghorn, 1 Brown Leghorn, & 2 Seabrights.  As far as I know, that is it for white layers.  The rest--Australorps, Ameracaunas, RIR, BO, Buff Brahama, Silver Lace, etc are all tinted layers.  Here's the issue...I have been checking the property for hidden caches of eggs because not that many are laying in the nests.  Early last week, all was clear.  Saturday, I noticed the White Leghorn sneaking around some tires behind the garage & went & checked.  I found 20 eggs, mostly white, in a tire.  So who is laying all the white eggs?  There were also a couple of TINY light tan eggs.  I would assume they were Seabright-sized, as they are the only Bantam hens I have.  The rest were medium to large white eggs.

I do have 2 ducks (1 male for sure, the other I hope is female), 2 guineas (both annoying, sex unknown) & a bunch of mutts from a Polish Roo & Australorp, RIR, or Ameracauna hens.  I know Polish lay white eggs. could their offspring lay white eggs?  Only one of the cached eggs was larger, possibly duck?  I can't come up with how there could be that many WHITE eggs in 4-5 days time.

Ideas??


We used to have guineas, and they lay pretty light colored eggs as well, but a bit smaller than a chicken egg.

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I checked the hiding places on Tuesday evening...& found the cache on Saturday.  So, 3-1/2 days...20 eggs (17 of which were white, 1 of which was duck??).  Who knows?? Somebody has been busy!

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