Easter Egger finally laid her first eggs and they are.....brown

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Karen 2739, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Karen 2739

    Karen 2739 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2010
    San Diego
    I so paitiently waited to see the blue or green egg that she would lay, but they are brown with little white dots. Any chance they will change color? She's the sweetest girl, but I'm so bummed. [​IMG]
  2. Supermommy486

    Supermommy486 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2010
    South Central Texas
    I don't think so, but maybe one knows for sure. But I have a EE who lays brown eggs to. Which I didn't realize because I do get three green eggs and only have three EE birds. But I saw one of my solid black birds lay the green egg. [​IMG]
  3. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
    My Coop
    When picking out EE's, check their combs. They have a much better chance of laying a blue/green egg if they have a pea comb. I think I read once that it is only a 3% chance of laying blue if they don't have the pea comb.

    Sorry for your disappointment.
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Sorry, but they will be brown eggs forever - they sound pretty though. Since EE's are mixed breed birds, they can end up with the white egg genetics instead blue egg ( brown eggs are white shells with brown layered on the outside; green eggs are blue eggshells with brown on the outside).
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    No they won't change color. Would you mind mentioning where you got her, just out of curiosity?

    Chickens have one gene that determines basic egg color. They are either blue or white. There are a few other genes that detemine brown, which gets applied on top of the base color. How much brown determines the shade of green or brown if the eggs have a different color. If you want to see the base color, crack the egg and look at the inside of the shell. It will be either blue or white, even if it is a green or brown egg. Think of it this way.

    Blue + No Brown = Blue
    Blue + Light Brown = Green
    Blue + Dark Brown = Olive Green

    White + No Brown = White
    White + Light Brown = Light Brown
    White + Dark Brown = Dark Brown
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  6. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

    May 11, 2011
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Nope, they won't change color. Maybe shade (sometimes a little lighter/darker), but not the color. Sorries you're disappointed. It does sound like a pretty egg (pics?), but as others have said, EEs are a mixed bag and could lay any color.
  7. GardenState38

    GardenState38 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    I recently experienced the same disappointment!
    I was so excited at the prospect of getting little green or blue eggs from my EE banty, only to find she's laying little brown tinted eggs.
    I'll give her credit, though--since she started laying 2 weeks ago, she's only taken one day off!
    I suppose I could stretch it and call them "pink"...
    She's still my favorite girl, though! She stole my heart from day one.
    She's got a pea comb, but no muffs or tufts. I got her from MPC back in July and she started laying at 22 weeks.


    Last edited: Jan 11, 2012
  8. bleith

    bleith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    West Dundee IL
    At this point I would take a brown egg from my EE lol. 39 weeks old and nothing. 2 of her hatch mates are laying light greenish eggs though.
  9. JanetR

    JanetR Out Of The Brooder

    May 12, 2011
    Long Island NY
    I'm in the same boat with you, Karen. My second EE laid her first egg today and it's brown too.[​IMG] I couldn't believe it! Oh well, at least she started laying. My other EE started over a month ago.
  10. hansolo

    hansolo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fremont, CA
    she is so adorable.

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