Do EE hens ever change the color of egg they lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lobzi, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Lobzi

    Lobzi Overrun With Chickens

    I have an EE hen who was laying green eggs for months when she first started laying. Then I stopped getting green eggs so I thought she had stopped laying though she never went broody....she just seemed like she had a light molt. It has been at least 3 months since I have seen a green eggs among the other white and brown eggs in the nest. Ive seen my EE on nest as if to be laying and Ive found brown and white eggs in the nest I spotted her in but no more green eggs. Im not sure if she started laying a different color egg or if she is not laying at all and those other colored eggs are not hers. Has anyone ever heard of a hen changing the color of egg she previously laid? There has been no change in her diet or her living situation only that some roosters have had to be removed to keep the numbers of them down. That is the only change I can think of and I didnt think that the roo she might mate with could in any way determine the egg color she laid....can it?
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    The roo has no effect on egg's genetic. She could potentially lay lighter or darker green, but will always lay green. Sounds like she's just taking an extended break.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Chances are she's not laying. Green eggs are just blue eggs with brown spray paint. So if the egg skips the paint process, you can get a blue egg instead of green. If she is molting, she won't be laying - my girls take about 3 1/2 months to finish molting.
  4. Lobzi

    Lobzi Overrun With Chickens

    Thank you. Ill continue to watch for green eggs. I appreciate your sharing of your experience and knowledge.

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