different color eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KingFisher, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. KingFisher

    KingFisher Out Of The Brooder

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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.
     
  2. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    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 [​IMG]
     
  3. KingFisher

    KingFisher Out Of The Brooder

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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?
     
  4. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    yup,,, and you need to figure in where "their source" came from, and then theirs,, unless you KNOW that the breed you got is PURE, it could be their great great great gramfathers fault,,,so blame him,, hehe [​IMG]
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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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
     
  6. WA23

    WA23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: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?
     
  7. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    Quote:i think i just ate my last egg! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    i wonder if that goes for humans too,,my daughter is at least 5 shades darker then me [​IMG]
     
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    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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