brown eggs shells changing to lighter color, almost white

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by comet57t, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. comet57t

    comet57t New Egg

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    My RIR hens are laying these lighter colored eggs, never had hens do that before these. Please, any help out there ?
     
  2. Sherry

    Sherry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too hope you get a reply, mine are doing the same thing.
     
  3. spottedtail

    spottedtail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The shade will vary.
    That's just how it is. Nothing you can do about it.
    Are lighter eggs a problem?

    spot
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Toward the end of the cycle, closer to molt, it's normal for eggs to lighten up somewhat.
     
  5. comet57t

    comet57t New Egg

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    thankyou for replies. While eggs were lighter, they also had thinner shells, the lightest color ones the thinest. I began feeding oyster shell, the shells improved, but I don't remember RIR's having this light of eggs in the past. My friend thinks it is a mineral issue or water ???
     
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    It can happen if the hens get too hot (especially if they run short of water during the day) -- are you having a summery snap at the moment?

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  7. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My buff orp was doing that as well during a hot spell we were having. The shells were thin too. It's cooler now and they eggs are the color they should be. Weird stuff.
     

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