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A question about my easter eggers. I'm a bit confused.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cupman, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope this is the right section for this question but...

    I have 2 easter eggers I got from the feed store this past April. I have 12 total grown birds and let them free range most of the time. Well, there was a minor house fire last week and we've had a million different cleaning people come through all day this week so they've been penned up in the run except for about 2 hours at the end of the day. Well, I hadn't collected eggs since Sunday night and when I went and got my eggs I noticed out of the 24 eggs or so I got only one of them was green. They can't get out and there's nowhere to really hide the eggs. Can easter eggers lay brown eggs and not green? That could explain it as I had about a million brown eggs. I am just confused! what do you think?
     
  2. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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    Quote:Yes EE's can definately lay brown eggs, they can lay almost any color depending on individual genetics. The chances are greater for a colored egg (some form of blue or green) if the hen's comb is pea (but not 100%) and conversely if the hen's comb is single increased likelyhood of some version of brown. (but again not 100%)
     
  3. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could they be molting? I know mine sure are! At first I thought the ladies went on strike because I started putting the babies (now 6 1/2 weeks old) out there, but nope...mine are definitely molting.
     
  4. yinzerchick

    yinzerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes EE's can definately lay brown eggs, they can lay almost any color depending on individual genetics. The chances are greater for a colored egg (some form of blue or green) if the hen's comb is pea (but not 100%) and conversely if the hen's comb is single increased likelyhood of some version of brown. (but again not 100%)

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  5. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they can lay brown eggs, but my understanding is that once they lay the color does not change. It maight get a little lighter, but it would not go from green to brown. So if she had been laying green eggs all along and now you didn't get any I would say it was limited freedom affecting the laying. Anything stressful can cause them to stop laying. I noticed that after an attempted hawk attack. We were getting 8-9 eggs everyday out of 9 hens this summer. Then the day after the hawk attack just 2 eggs, and following days were like 4-5.
     
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I had one EE that didn't start laying until she was 40 weeks old. Slacker. I had assumed she was laying brown or cream eggs because I was only getting one green egg a day. I was kind of disappointed because I have many brown egg layers but only 2 EEs. Imagine my surprise on the day I got 2 green ones. I figured out then that she was just a really late bloomer. So, don't give up on yours quite yet. You may still get another green egg layer.

    Good luck.
     

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