Confused by Egg Color

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bobcatridge, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. bobcatridge

    bobcatridge In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2010
    Central California Coast
    I have six chickens - 2 RIR, 2 goldens, and 2 easter eggers (sold as Americanas at the local feed store). I got my first egg on Christmas Day - a very nice present. Today I received 6 eggs for the first time escept now I am confused about the egg color. I thought the RIR and the goldens would lay dark brown eggs. I was getting a light tan egg and brown eggs so I thought the tan egg was from one of the Easter Eggers. Recently I started to get one green egg - must be the other Easter Egger. So today I got two green eggs. I went out at about 8 am to give the chicks some treats and checked for eggs - no eggs. About 11 am I check on them and there are 3 eggs - one green, one tan, and one brown. About 2 pm I check again, and get one brown and one green egg. Now that's confusing - I wouldn't expect that Easter Egger to lay two green eggs in a day so now I am wondering if both my Easter Eggers are laying green eggs. So who is laying the tan egg? Could it be the golden? Oh yes, at 6 pm I did a final chekc to close up the coop and there was a nice brown egg with some dark speckles - my daughter thought it was a wonderful spotted egg. It may take awhile to figure out who is laying the tan egg but could it be one of the goldens? What do you all think?
  2. feathers4fun

    feathers4fun Songster

    Mar 12, 2010
    Quote:I'd guess it's a golden laying the lighter brown egg. Happy days when all the hens are laying!
  3. slurrywidow

    slurrywidow Chirping

    Nov 17, 2010
    Cottage Grove, Oregon
    Just a few days ago I was posting the same question as you. I was getting an smallish very light tan egg and I didn't think any of mine should lay an egg that small or that color. So I took the advice given, watched that coop, and caught the mystery egg layer!

    Also got the added bonus of some weak sunshine on my head and great chicken t.v. [​IMG]
  4. Kathleen1115

    Kathleen1115 In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2011
    I took a day and just monitored the coop -- watched who was in each nesting box and got the egg as soon as it was laid (my girls were quite annoyed with me). Five of my six laid that day and so I pretty much figured out who was laying what color. But even after that, we're still getting a few surprises. I need a chicken cam!
  5. bobcatridge

    bobcatridge In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2010
    Central California Coast
    I just wanted to update. Today I got 5 eggs - two green, one light tan, and two dark brown. I think the suggestion to monitor the coop all day may be just what is needed. I definitely have two green laying Easter Eggers. I bet one of the goldens is laying the tan egg - I just need to confirm it. I would love a chicken cam!
  6. Azriel

    Azriel Songster

    Jun 19, 2010
    My guess would be that one of the RIR is laying the light egg. My GSL lay my darkest eggs, almost Maran or Welsummer dark, and one has speckled eggs. My Buff Orps lay light tan eggs, and my Blk Aust lay sort of a pinkish (word?) egg. Now I need to add some blue eggs to the mix.

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