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I have two barred mixed breed hens and 1 silkie rooster.  We were told the silkie was female when we got her as a pullet, but then she started crowing and hasn't stopped, so we assumed she was a he.

 

But today I found 3 very different colored eggs!  One light brown, one greenish-gray, and one small dark brown.  Could the first two have come from the same hen or do I actually have 3 hens?!

 

ETA: Since I seemed to have stumped everyone, I have updated with a photo.  Quiz of the day: How many hens layed these eggs?

 

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Edited by ChesapeakeBorn - 2/20/12 at 3:11am
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Bump!

 

After cracking them open, we found that the inside of the shells and the thickness of the shells were different too!

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Do you collect eggs every day?  Twice a day?  For whatever internal reason, a pullet/hen can indeed lay an egg out of the ordinary for her.  Diet?  Plumbing issue?  Paint booth malfunction?

 

This sorts itself out in time.  Don't note the exception, but take note of what "normally" is laid. 

 

 

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it is not uncommon for the dominate hen to crow if there is no male around.

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Yes, your silkie is a hen. We used to have a crowing hen too- we sent her back to the farm we got her from. It's not all to uncommon.

I have five hens and two pullets- one seven year old red star, Luna, one white leghorn, Sage, one SLW, Pepper, one adorable fluffy EE, Bedazzle, and one black star, Buckbeak. My two pullets are Nutella, my wheaten marans, thirty five weeks, (who is yet to lay an egg!), and her best friend, Sammy, seventeen weeks.

 

 

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I have five hens and two pullets- one seven year old red star, Luna, one white leghorn, Sage, one SLW, Pepper, one adorable fluffy EE, Bedazzle, and one black star, Buckbeak. My two pullets are Nutella, my wheaten marans, thirty five weeks, (who is yet to lay an egg!), and her best friend, Sammy, seventeen weeks.

 

 

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3 hens.  We can tell who has laid what egg at least 95% of the time because we've caught them and we know who is laying what colored egg.  Congratulations!  yesss.gif

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Lol!  She sure does sound like a he every morning at 6:45!  I swear, this silkie just gets more and more entertaining.  Favorite breed ever!  

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