changing egg color?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by artsyrobin, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    hi everyone, my girls have just started laying, at first most the eggs were dark brown, but now they are getting lighter in color? are they deficient in something? i have BO, Red Sex link, RIR... they are in a run, then for an hour or so in the evening they can roam some and get all sorts of goodies in the pasture
  2. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nah, not deficent. Or at least not noticeable by the shade of egg color. You could also have a new layer that lays a lighter egg. I've read studies that say the deepest, darkest the hen will lay, will be the first few weeks. At that point they do tend to get lighter. Once they molt, and haven't been laying for a bit, those first eggs will again be darker. Has to do with how long the egg has been in the egg making process. As the hen gets older, and things are moving along faster, the egg isn't in there long enough to get the extra shade of color.

    So.... all is well!

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