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White pullets...brown eggs?

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ok. I know white chickens are supposed to lay white eggs... these are white pullets, no other color except for their combs & wattles - their 'ears' are white...there is no indication that they will lay brown eggs,

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I think they are !!!

 

We have seen each of our 3 white pullets in the nesting boxes many times. They do the egg song, clucking away,  they do the 'egg squat', all signs that they want to lay, but we've never seen them exit & leave an egg

 

We have never seen our Barred Rock pullets in the nesting boxes - ever. They do not squat and I am pretty sure they aren't old enough to lay yet

 

when we count the eggs - all of them brown - someone, either a white pullet or a barred rock has to be laying

 

so, is it at all possible that a white layer could maybe laying a brown egg ????

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If the earlobes, not the ear flaps, are white, they will lay white eggs.

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Here's my favorite white hen.  She lays a brown egg everyday like clock work.  She's up to 46 consecutive days in this, the tail end, of her first laying season.  She's the star of our white layer breeding program.

 

 

 

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On Fred's hen note the red earlobe just beneath the white ear flap.  Guaranteed brown egg layer.

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I have 2 Chantecler hens that lay light brown eggs. They just started laying but gave me 13 eggs.in 8 days last week, all of them are in the incubator now smile.png
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On Fred's hen note the red earlobe just beneath the white ear flap.  Guaranteed brown egg layer.
Red earlobe Guarantees brown eggs?

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Breeding: Silkies (BBS, White & Partridge), Heritage Plymouth Rocks (Silver Pencilled & Barred),Easter Eggers, Naked Necks, Buckeyes, and Mottled Houdans. 

 

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Well, my question has been answered !! I actually watched 2 of my hens lay today !!!   IT WAS AWESOME !!!   Our little RIR and one of the white pullets...

 

 

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Well, my question has been answered !! I actually watched 2 of my hens lay today !!!   IT WAS AWESOME !!!   Our little RIR and one of the white pullets...

 

 

Wow, I don't think I've even seen such a dark egg.

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I typed out a whole response and lost it.  Anyway, no, ear color doesn't determine egg color.  Penedesencas are a perfect example of a white-eared chicken that lays brown eggs.  The genetic background of the chicken determines egg color and it just happens that most of the brown-layer breeds have red ears and most of the white-layer breeds have white ears.  So, if you have white Leghorns, they will lay white eggs.  If they're mixed-breed chickens that just happen to be white with white ears, all bets are off.  My white-eared chickens lay blue-green eggs...
 

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