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Eggs Getting Smaller and Lighter?

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My BO started laying about 3 weeks ago. They were perfect little light brown pullet eggs. The we're progressively getting a hair bigger and staying the same light brown color. Her last four eggs have been a different story. Colorwise they went from light brown to pink to cream to white. Sizewise they got smaller, with today's being smaller than her first. Is this a normal pullet thing? Should I be worried?

Just so you know, a cursory exam says she has no mites or fleas. She does not appear to be having a juvenile molt. She has been acting normally (except she was in the nest box quite a while laying today's egg and got agitated when flock mates tried to go in with her) and eating regularly.

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post #2 of 15

Never heard of chickens eggs changing color like that, so I am interested in hearing what others have to say. Do you know it is for sure her laying the different colored eggs or is it possible one of your other chickens laid in the same box as her?

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It's her. She's my only pullet. Everyone else is either not near laying age or a well established layer. A few times I saw her lay.

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When I saw the eggs my hubby gathered today I notice the same thing.  All 3 were very light.  Almost pink/creamy colored.  Up until today they have been varying shades of brown.

I've been blessed by God with a wonderful husband who understands and supports my newly found chicken addiction, 2 (almost always) well behaved sons, and too many friends to count.

 

 Right now I have 18.  5 turned into roosters, so we need more hens!

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I've been blessed by God with a wonderful husband who understands and supports my newly found chicken addiction, 2 (almost always) well behaved sons, and too many friends to count.

 

 Right now I have 18.  5 turned into roosters, so we need more hens!

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I'm surprised no one has chimed in about what might be causing it. Glad to know my girls aren't alone.

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post #6 of 15
I'm not a terribly experienced chicken owner, but I believe it is pretty normal for eggs to get lighter from spring to fall. That is definitely true of my girls. However, it sounded like it happened really quickly for this pullet. Makes me wonder if she's about to molt.


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I'm not a terribly experienced chicken owner, but I believe it is pretty normal for eggs to get lighter from spring to fall. That is definitely true of my girls. However, it sounded like it happened really quickly for this pullet. Makes me wonder if she's about to molt.


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I would not suspect molting as she stated that the hen just started to lay eggs. A new hen wouldn't be going through their annual molt just yet. That usually happens around 16- 18 months of age.

post #8 of 15
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I'll see if I can get a picture of them tomorrow in order of laying so you all can get a clearer picture.

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I did a little research about pigmentation and here's a link to one site that I found. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm047

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Wow! That's a whole lot of information! But very helpful. With my girls, since it was just one day, so far, I will assume it was a fright or stress. If it keeps happening I'll investigate further.

I've been blessed by God with a wonderful husband who understands and supports my newly found chicken addiction, 2 (almost always) well behaved sons, and too many friends to count.

 

 Right now I have 18.  5 turned into roosters, so we need more hens!

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I've been blessed by God with a wonderful husband who understands and supports my newly found chicken addiction, 2 (almost always) well behaved sons, and too many friends to count.

 

 Right now I have 18.  5 turned into roosters, so we need more hens!

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