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Blue eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by domwyn1973, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. domwyn1973

    domwyn1973 New Egg

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    Hi new to this site ! From surrey uk
    Does anyone know if blue egg layers eggs start as brown or are they blue from the first one? She's a Devon blue 18weeks old

    Thanks Dom
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I believe chickens lay whatever color all thru their lives. If I'm wrong, I'm sure the other greeters will correct me. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. D/Diva is correct. Basically, egg shells are genetically either blue or white but the brown outer colouring is the result of a number of additional genes that "coat" the egg. Once you've cracked open a brown egg, the inside of the shell is white. Do the same with a blue egg, and the inside of the shell is blue.

    Here's some links on egg colour genetics, if you are interested:

    https://scratchcradle.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/gms1-genetics-of-egg-color/

    https://scratchcradle.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/gms2-breeding-for-blue-eggs/

    https://scratchcradle.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/gms3-breeding-for-other-egg-colors/

    http://www.maranschickenclubusa.com/files/eggreview.pdf

    You may wish to consider joining your country thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/655508/uk-member-please-say-hi/890 - they're a nice bunch.

    All the best
    CT
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2017
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Dom [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received links to some good starting points and answers to your question, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] glad you have joined us.
     

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