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Hen laying different colored eggs

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Hi I have a question and hope you can help! We have an americauna hen who just started laying about a week ago but has only laid maybe 4 eggs. I know they are hers because everyone else has been laying for months and her eggs are very long...well the first 2 eggs were white then yesterday she laid a light brown egg and then today it was GREEN!

 

Is it normal for them to not lay colored eggs right away?

 

I was totally shocked and just convinced she was not going to lay colorful eggs.

 

Thanks!
 

Mamma to 3 Great Human Kids since 2003, 3 Crazy Goat Kids since 2008, and 11 Chicks since May 2012

Milly (BR)

Miss Grey, Ruby, Eleanor (EE)
Sunny (Silkie/EE)

Sheryl Crow, Queen Jones, Mocking Jay, Raven Semone (Austrolops)

Dhalia and Daisy (Frizzles)

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Mamma to 3 Great Human Kids since 2003, 3 Crazy Goat Kids since 2008, and 11 Chicks since May 2012

Milly (BR)

Miss Grey, Ruby, Eleanor (EE)
Sunny (Silkie/EE)

Sheryl Crow, Queen Jones, Mocking Jay, Raven Semone (Austrolops)

Dhalia and Daisy (Frizzles)

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post #2 of 8

I'm not an egg expert but I don't think the same chicken can lay different colored eggs as you described.  I know the shading of eggs can change - but I don't think from white to brown to green is possible??  I think it is from other birds in the coop.  Just my thoughts.
 


Edited by redsoxs - 1/3/13 at 12:53pm

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I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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post #3 of 8

A chicken's egg can't change its basic color. It may change shade and be darker at the beginning of the laying cycle, or it may have spots on it one day but not the next, but never from white to brown to green. An EEs egg starts out the same color it will always be. The only egg you've actually gotten from your EE is the green one. All others have come from other hens, no matter what the shape. It's possible to get differently shaped eggs from the same hen, but not differently colored ones.
 

The chickens are sold! We sold off 150 roosters, hens, cockerels, and pullets and are down to SIX birds. Three ISA Brown, one Amberlink, one blue copper Marans, and one blue Ameraucana rooster. Everything looks so empty out there, but I'm happy with the decision. No more washing, sorting, packing and delivering 30 dozen eggs every week, WOOT!
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The chickens are sold! We sold off 150 roosters, hens, cockerels, and pullets and are down to SIX birds. Three ISA Brown, one Amberlink, one blue copper Marans, and one blue Ameraucana rooster. Everything looks so empty out there, but I'm happy with the decision. No more washing, sorting, packing and delivering 30 dozen eggs every week, WOOT!
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post #4 of 8

Could it possibly be one of your other easter eggers has also begun laying?  Easter eggers don't necessarily lay only blue or green eggs, they can lay just about any color.  Maybe one lays white, one brown and one green.

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Thanks I suppose one of the others could be laying a strange shape as well but she is our only EE
 

Mamma to 3 Great Human Kids since 2003, 3 Crazy Goat Kids since 2008, and 11 Chicks since May 2012

Milly (BR)

Miss Grey, Ruby, Eleanor (EE)
Sunny (Silkie/EE)

Sheryl Crow, Queen Jones, Mocking Jay, Raven Semone (Austrolops)

Dhalia and Daisy (Frizzles)

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Mamma to 3 Great Human Kids since 2003, 3 Crazy Goat Kids since 2008, and 11 Chicks since May 2012

Milly (BR)

Miss Grey, Ruby, Eleanor (EE)
Sunny (Silkie/EE)

Sheryl Crow, Queen Jones, Mocking Jay, Raven Semone (Austrolops)

Dhalia and Daisy (Frizzles)

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post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by JesikaD01 View Post

Thanks I suppose one of the others could be laying a strange shape as well but she is our only EE
 

I'm sorry, I thought from your siggie that you had three.

post #7 of 8
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OH we do but 2 ended up Roos!!

Mamma to 3 Great Human Kids since 2003, 3 Crazy Goat Kids since 2008, and 11 Chicks since May 2012

Milly (BR)

Miss Grey, Ruby, Eleanor (EE)
Sunny (Silkie/EE)

Sheryl Crow, Queen Jones, Mocking Jay, Raven Semone (Austrolops)

Dhalia and Daisy (Frizzles)

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Mamma to 3 Great Human Kids since 2003, 3 Crazy Goat Kids since 2008, and 11 Chicks since May 2012

Milly (BR)

Miss Grey, Ruby, Eleanor (EE)
Sunny (Silkie/EE)

Sheryl Crow, Queen Jones, Mocking Jay, Raven Semone (Austrolops)

Dhalia and Daisy (Frizzles)

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Originally Posted by WalkingOnSunshine View Post

A chicken's egg can't change its basic color. It may change shade and be darker at the beginning of the laying cycle, or it may have spots on it one day but not the next, but never from white to brown to green. An EEs egg starts out the same color it will always be. The only egg you've actually gotten from your EE is the green one. All others have come from other hens, no matter what the shape. It's possible to get differently shaped eggs from the same hen, but not differently colored ones.
 

Agreed.

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Proud parent of a 5 year old~ Australian Shepard,a 6 year old Border Collie, a 9 year old fat tabby cat, and a one toothed guinea pig. Oh, and 8 Black Australorps, 9 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 5 Jersey Giants, 5 Barred Rocks,4 Red Sex Links, 3 New Hampshire Reds, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Leghorns, 2 Tetra Tint, 2 Light Brahmas, 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes 2 Easter Eggers and 1...

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