Chicken lays a dirty colored egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sunsetlake, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. Sunsetlake

    Sunsetlake Out Of The Brooder

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    The three EEs have just started laying. One lays a bluish green egg, another lays a cream colored egg, and the other lays a dirty colored egg. It's darker on one end than the other and looks like a brownish dirt color. When I scrub it a little I can wash it off and it's cream colored underneath.

    Is there something wrong with this chicken?
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    There's nothing wrong with your hen...she's just getting her egg-producting body into gear! It is not unusual at all to see off-color eggs, soft shells, etc., when they are just beginning. Give her time, all will be well!
     
  3. Sunsetlake

    Sunsetlake Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, thank you! I was just worried there was something wrong with her physically. Dirty egg or not, she's mine and I'm just thankful she's laying eggs now!
     
  4. N F C

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  5. Sunsetlake

    Sunsetlake Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wanted to follow up on this post in case someone searches for what I typed and maybe I can be of some help. I found now, that the cream colored egg I first got was a duck egg, probably from my blue Swedish duck, and what I thought was a dirty looking egg was actually from my Cayuga duck! So the very first eggs I started to get were from mostly my ducks. It was just hard to tell because since they just started laying, their eggs weren't very big yet so I assumed they were chicken eggs. But, now I've been getting some very large eggs from time to time now. Anyways, maybe this will help someone else out in the future! I just assumed that when the ducks started to lay, their eggs would be huge and I would know right away it was them. Nope, they can lay very small eggs in the beginning!
     

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