BUff Orpington lays a pink egg. Is this common?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SewingDiva, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was kinda surprised, I thought they were brown egg layers She has a comb that is thick is at the base and sort of ruffly, not a straight single comb like our AuLorp. She does look like a BO otherwise and has a BO personality. The AULrop lays a medium brown egg and our EE that lays a light brown egg, so it's definitely pink compared to the other two.

    Just curious!

    Phyllis
     
  2. oldbuzzard

    oldbuzzard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine have never come close to pink. light to dark brown. that has to be uncommon!
     
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Phyllis, I've always had one breed at a time. Or at least, always over the last few decades. Now, I've got Australorps and Barred Rocks to compare. I've had both these breeds in the past and a couple of Buff Orpington hens.

    I didn't have them at the same time but I thought that the BO's had the same color eggs as my little flocks of Black Australorps I had both before and after.

    My thinking about comparisons has changed. I thought Barred Rocks had darker brown eggs than the BA's & BO's. Imagine my surprise when one BR began laying every bit as light an egg as I'd expect from those others. Then the other BR layed a mottled egg - brown & pink. She still does that now and then but it is usually brown.
    To add to my confusion, the BA's lay eggs that are darker than the BR's! I don't know whether it is a difference in birds or a failing of memory [​IMG]. Since I want to give myself as much credit as possible, I'll say that the birds are different. Within a certain amount of range, I think that egg color can vary widely in a breed.

    Steve
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It varies. One of mine lays a pinky color, one a creamy color and one a very light tan color. All of those are still considered brown, though, just different shades.
     

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