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Amaraucana egg color changed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by abqchicken, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. abqchicken

    abqchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two amarucanas that I bought at the same time. The both have green legs and were laying nice green-blue eggs for a month or so. One of them laid a nearly shell-less egg and now is laying cream colored (very light tan) eggs! not sure what went on with her. Has anyone experienced this? will she go back to green-blue?
     
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  2. abqchicken

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    This is one of them.
     
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  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Are you sure both girls were laying, and not just one? EEs are mutts, so their eggs can range from tan to cream to pink to green to olive to blue. It is always exceptionally disappointing to get an EE that lays "normal" eggs and not Easter eggs, but it does happen.

    Leg color does not necessarily mean that the bird in question is going to lay eggs the same color as the legs. I had an EE with slate-colored legs that laid the palest green eggs. They were very nearly white, and you could only really tell they were green at all when they were sitting next to a true white egg.
     
  4. abqchicken

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    They are both laying. I was getting twice as many green-blue eggs before and it has now dropped to half so I am pretty certain both of them were laying green eggs. I am getting the cream colored eggs that are the same size and shape as the green-blue ones. The other chickens I have lay a rich brown and white so I don't think I am confusing eggs. As I said, the strange thing was that I got one egg with practically no shell that was soft, seemed like just the membrane. right after that, I noticed the reduction in green eggs and the start of these cream colored ones - right size and shape, just not green.

    They might both be EE. They were sold to me as Amaraucana but looking at the breed characteristics, the could definitely be EE.
     
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  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Well, eggs changing color mid-season is a new one on me. The color definitely fades as the season progresses, but a complete color change is a new one. I think you will find that the color has faded and hasn't actually completely changed.

    Soft-shelled eggs are not uncommon in new layers, birds coming back into season after a molt, or in stressed birds. It is generally nothing to worry about...just a fluke in the plumbing.
     
  6. abqchicken

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    Here is what I am talking about. I was getting 1 or two per day colored like the bottom one. now it has dropped to one every day or every other day. I am also getting the top one at about the same frequency. Very strange! The picture makes the top egg look more white than it is. It is really a cream color when you see it for real.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    There are only blue or white base egg shell color. Blue base shell can vary from a strong to a weak blue color.
    Brown and green color variation come from the coating pigment, which can change but usually not too much.
    Looking at the inside of the shell, with membrane removed(easier as soon as egg is broken open), will tell you the base shell color.

    I'm guessing that, if you are positive the eggs came from the same bird, that it's a very light blue shell base.
    The blue can be very hard to see, different light makes it look different ....
    .....and capturing it on a camera can be near impossible, different computer/device screens can make it look even more different.
     
  8. abqchicken

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    You are correct - genetics are genetics. I will crack one open and inspect it to see if there is any blue.
     

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