Brown egg layer lays a white egg today

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jmofaustin, May 22, 2012.

  1. jmofaustin

    jmofaustin Songster

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    Has this ever happened to anyone here? I can't find any info on this doing a google search. Please, if anyone can explain this to me, the hen has been in the coop/run for a few days because I just planted some new stuff and haven't gotten the fence up yet. There is no way a stray chicken can get in there, it's raccoon proofed. I have been raising chickens for 5 years and have never seen this before. We are talking med/dark brown to white with a very slight pink tint (almost unnoticeable).
     
  2. texas75563

    texas75563 Songster

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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/114331/brown-egg-layer-laying-white-eggs

    Link above seperate topic from info below. 1 above says if older hen it is probably normal. Several comments, so worth a look. I know yours isn't in a commercial production house. Which info below pretty much applies to. It had same results so I included it.

    NUTRITION - FEED ADDITIVES: ANTICOCCIDIALS
    It is important that only laying hen rations be
    used. Diets for replacement pullets and meat
    chickens raised on litter floors may include
    coccidiostats (to control the parasitic condition
    known as coccidiosis). Coccidiostats should
    not be fed to laying hens.
    Nicarbazine is an anticoccidial drug that
    reduces reproductive importance. The yolk
    membrane is weakened resulting a condition
    known as mottling. In addition, when
    nicarbazine is fed to brown egg layers, the
    egg shell color changes to white within 48
    hours. This change, however, is completely
    reversible if the product is removed.
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

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    Brown eggs are actually white shelled eggs with a layer of brown pigment as the outer coating. If got some reason this layer is skipped, the egg will appear white.
     
  4. Roosterlover5

    Roosterlover5 Chirping

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    Thats really weird
     
  5. Silkie Chicken

    Silkie Chicken King Silkie

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    I have silkies and i have been getting brown tint eggs and today i got a white egg people can u tell me why[​IMG]
     
  6. jmofaustin

    jmofaustin Songster

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    Hahaha, I wasn't the only one with this problem today :)
    I feed organic layer to my hens and they are less than or right at a year old.
    I gonna go with 1muttsfan, the hen must have skipped the dye step ;)
     
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