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Color coming off of eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by matthewschickens, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. I wash my eggs under water every day and recently the color started coming off when I wash them.
    Like when I wash a brown egg then all the speckles and instead of a regular brown they are a creamy brown.

    Does anyone know why this is?



  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    That happens. As the egg is coming down the chute of a brown egg layer, it's basically white and the hens' body adds layers of color to the egg. You're just scratching through the "paint." That's why the interior of brown eggs are white.

    The exception is Easter Eggers and other blue/green egg layers. Their egg shells are basically made blue - which is why they're so stinking hard to see through when candling. An olive egger is created when you cross a blue egg gene with a brown egg gene. The egg is basically blue, with the brown layers added over it, making it a lovely olive color.

    Does that make any sense? There's probably a more technical explanation...
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Well said that is exactly what occures.

  4. I understand perfectly!!

    Thank you again!


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