Buff Orpington Egg Color

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Peggy-Sue, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Peggy-Sue

    Peggy-Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What color/shade do orpingtons lay? The little research I've done I thought it was light brown. Our orpington Darla just started laying a week ago and her eggs are practically white... Some of them have a slight shade of tan. In my research I found that white egg layers have a white skin patch behind their ear... Soooooo I went out to take a good look at Darla and found this (see photo). What do you guys think... Is she even an orpington??? Or do some orpingtons have this patch???

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  2. phalenbeck

    phalenbeck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 4 Buffys for 2+ years with the breed, have all been light to medium brown layers. The hen in the picture looks like a buffy to me. Sorry about no picture.
     
  3. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    that is a buff, and the earlobe has a white spot, but is still red. she should lay light brown eggs, but maybe there's something in her genetics that makes her lay the white eggs??? if the is any tint to them, I guess they are still passable as light brown eggs
     
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  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Is she built like a BO? You know, big and very fluffy? I'm guessing that the hatchery crossed in a white-layer breed to improve production and you're seeing evidence of the cross. I'm just curious whether it shows anywhere else.
     
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  5. Peggy-Sue

    Peggy-Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is defiantly BO type she's fluffy and very hippy! She's getting some rather large thighs too lol
     
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  6. Peggy-Sue

    Peggy-Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone else wanna chime in??? Could she be a mix with a leghorn???
     
  7. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The two smaller eggs are my Buff Orpington they are a very LIGHT tan color
     
  8. Bidoville

    Bidoville Out Of The Brooder

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    We have two buffs; big, fluffy, and lay large brown eggs. Here's a pic (buff is the darkest egg):

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  9. Peggy-Sue

    Peggy-Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow I can't believe how light our orps eggs are!
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    The one on the right is hers too!
     
  10. Bidoville

    Bidoville Out Of The Brooder

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    That's awesome! I've noticed of our two buffs, one seems to be consistently laying larger and darker brown eggs. They other seems to lay just a little smaller and lighter. I don't put too much stock in the ear color, but if it matches it matches! Every once in a while I get a super light egg, but who knows who laid it (of our six chickens, three breeds).
     

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