different color eggs

KingFisher

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I have eight golden red hens that have been laying since labor day. I have noticed that the eggs seem to be three distinct shades of brown. Some dark, some light and some chalky brow. I was wondering why this is, because they are all the same and eat the same food and such.
 

the1much

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if you look real REAL close, all eggs are pretty much different,, my daughters can pick a brown egg out of 5 and know which hen laid it,, and their RIR's.,, but it may be a deeper genetic thing going on,,i'll let the smart people actually say why,,hehe
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KingFisher

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I just find it strange that there are three distinct colors between eight hens. could it mean that they have different genetics, even though they came from the same source?
 

hinkjc

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The color on the brown egg is actually "sprayed" on by the hen when they are passing the egg. Think of it as a can of spray paint and they each have their own shade or mixture. They are typically not identical and each hen may provide a different concentration of the color , even on her own eggs. Meaning, one day's may be darker or lighter than the next day.

Jody
 

WA23

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That maybe answers a question I have had for a long time.

Every hen will not usually lay the exact same shade of color from day to day? What about the different shades and glossyness of white eggs?
 

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