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Change in Egg Color?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ashcraftschicks, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. ashcraftschicks

    ashcraftschicks New Egg

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    We're newbies at raising chickens. My daughter raised them as her 4-H project. We have a hen that has started laying lighter eggs. - see picture. We had a sick hen with a severe eye infection, and I thought it was her that way laying them. She died last week, and we've gotten three more light eggs. I've not noticed one hen acting funny, so I'm baffled. I'm afraid to eat them, for fear she is sick and I've thrown them out. Any ideas? The brown is the norm, and we get a lighter tan. We have 5 RI reds & 2 buff brahmas. You can see that they started spotted, then got lighter, and are now almost white. [​IMG]
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Frequently if hens have been laying for a long period of time their eggs will become lighter in color. This sometimes precedes a molt or break in the egg laying process. After their 'break' the darker color of the eggs will return. As long as the eggs appear fine when you crack them, they should be fine for eating.
     
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  3. ashcraftschicks

    ashcraftschicks New Egg

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    Thanks! They've been laying since about July. It's getting colder here, so I expect it to slow down. They were hatched in March, so they are still young.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Those eggs are from the same hen?.... over what time period?
     
  5. ashcraftschicks

    ashcraftschicks New Egg

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    The brown one is not, but it is a model of what all the eggs were looking like before we started seeing the lighter ones - however, something to think about is - I do have two buff brahmas and they lay a lighter colored egg anyway.
     
  6. araeihrig

    araeihrig Out Of The Brooder

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    This is what I'm getting now out of one of my hens.[​IMG]
    This is what I was getting out of all of my hens last week.
    They are all older than 1 year and are all red sex links. The lighter egg in the back of the carton is like a tea - stain color with dark flecks.
     
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    araeihrig Out Of The Brooder

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    I was hoping something wasn't wrong. The eggs are pretty. :)
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Looks like excessive bloom or calcium coating..could also be a glitchy color coating.
    Does it wash off?
    Is it rough feeling?
    Is she consistently like that?
     
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    araeihrig Out Of The Brooder

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    Gradually she got that way. It does appear to be able to be scraped off. Looks like a chicken walked on it and scraped some of it off. It feels smooth though.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Excessive bloom, I have one hen who does that regularly.
     

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