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Brown eggs turning white?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greggy, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. greggy

    greggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens are all brown egg layers, but lately I've noticed that the shell color is bleaching out almost white on most of the eggs. I changed feed a few weeks ago, and started offering oyster shell. could this be the reason(s)?
     
  2. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With age all brown eggs layers will lay lighter eggs.
     
  3. greggy

    greggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, but this came on rather suddenly. the shell thickness seems OK. I'm planning to set some eggs late next week, and was thinking they would be easier to candle being as white as they are.
     
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Could they be considering a molt? Eggs will get lighter up until molting and then darken afterward to get lighter again. I noticed shell thickness impacts my EE eggs but that's because there are different layers of color in an EE egg. I don't know how much difference there is in the layers of a brown egg.
     
  5. greggy

    greggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't think so. They are not even a year old, and it's been pretty darn cold here for 4 months.
     

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