Change in egg color

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by taprock, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have an EE that has always laid tan eggs. Over the past two weeks I haven't been finding her eggs. I thought she was hiding them and have looked everywhere. Today I caught her in the nest box and watched to see if she would lay. I heard her egg drop so I know it was hers but now her egg is white. So all this time I thought she wasn't laying, she may have been and I just didn't know it was her eggs. I didn't think egg color changed. Is this a normal thing or does it mean she is lacking something in her diet?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    My 7 older hens are laying lighter eggs than they used to.
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I have a similar thread going my RIR hen has layed 4 white eggs in a row. I'm talking store bought white eggs.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    What I've noticed with my older girls - the brahmas...

    Their egg color goes in a cycle. Right after a molt, they are nice and darker brown. Towards the end of a laying cycle, the eggs get lighter and lighter until they are a creamy white. Then they molt and the cycle starts all over again.

    Don't know if that happens with other breeds, haven't seen alot of it with my younger flock, just the brahmas. [​IMG]
  5. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    She is an older hen, not sure how old guessing at least 2 but I have had her 8 months and she has not gone through a molt yet so we could be getting close. Thanks, at least I'm not doing something wrong, I really wondered.
  6. sillysparrowness

    sillysparrowness Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2011
    2 years is old for you?!! Oh, ok. Well, my Cambridge Blue layed nice brown eggs with small spots during her first half year of egg laying. Then, after a short winter break, her eggs were suddenly much lighter and had lost the spots (she's one year old now). I have no idea why the colour changed. I thought it may have been because she is still young...
  7. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:All of my other chickens are still under a year old so I'm not sure what to expect as they get older. She was given to my son as a gift in trade for his roo.
  8. joejoe2312

    joejoe2312 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2011
    well ive only had my girls 3 weeks now,
    one of them is a black star and really friendly, and i think she is laying the light brown eggs?
    the other little chick is a wyanotte I think shes a silver laced tho Im not sure! as the other egg Im getting is a blue/green in colour! is this normal? according to the profile on wyanottes her eggs should be brown too

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