Easter eggers laying white eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrsmaonaigh, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. mrsmaonaigh

    mrsmaonaigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I know this is probably a dumb question but can EEs lay white eggs? I've found three eggs in the last three days that have been white. I have a hen who is about 10 months old that has never laid before and I'm wondering if these might be hers. They have just the lightest hint of blue if you hold them right in the light but for the most part they just look white.
     
  2. crash0330

    crash0330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    EE's can lay any color of egg, most of the time they lay green or blue but they can also lay brown or white, thats why there called Easter Eggers. EE's even tho carry the blue/green egg gene, since they have different breed blood in they they may lay all different egg colors.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Not a dumb question. [​IMG]

    Easter Eggers can not lay any color of egg, and a hen carrying one or both blue egg genes can not lay a solid brown or white egg. . . It will have a hint of green or blue shade to it, even if it is hardly there. An Easter Egger must lay a blue, green, or green/blue tinted egg. (even olive and khaki fit in there)

    The term Easter Egger it self is referred to a chicken that has the blue egg gene, however does not fit all the requirements for being an Ameraucana or Araucana. In most cases it also refers to the hatchery-based birds, which can lay a non-green or blue egg in rare cases, but shouldn't lay a white or dark brown egg. Such hatchery based Easter Eggers usually have yellow or green legs, beard/muffs, and duckwing, wheaten, or white related coloring.

    Outside the original hatchery based EE stock, Easter Eggers are usually mutts with parents who laid a green or blue egg.

    Do you have other blue or green eggs to compare yours with? Or white eggs? They may just be a really pale blue. . . I have an Easter Egger with eggs like that.
     
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  4. mrsmaonaigh

    mrsmaonaigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! These girls came from a feed store so there is no telling what I have. I have 6 EE girls that are laying. Two lay blue/green eggs. The others lay what look like a light pink egg (is this what you mean by khaki?). One lays a medium brown egg. They all look different but they all have yellow legs and the muffs/beards. I'll post a couple of pics of them.

    This is the girl in question.
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    This one lays a light brown/pinkish egg.
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    This one lays a bluish green egg.
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    This one lays a light brown/pinkish egg.
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    This is the one that lays a brown egg.
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    My 6th EE looks very similar to the last one except she has a tan splash (is that the correct term?) vs the darker brown. She lays a pretty green egg. I guess I haven't taken any recent pics of her.
     
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Looks like a local person bred some EE's and crossed too much production layer into them. Those all have EE parents (or grandparents), but they also have a lot of production layer behind them as well, making the single combs and light brown egg laying.

    Khaki is a pale off-green, almost brown color.
     
  6. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered my EE from MPC in July. she is all white, green legs, red ears, rose comb. She lays a green egg (my DH says blue, I say he is color blind [​IMG] )

    It is my understanding that an EE can lay any color egg. I can't tell from the picture, but I have read on several forums that an EE with red ears, green legs, and a rose comb has a better chance of laying a green or blue egg than one with yellow legs or a straight comb. Generally speaking, hens with white ears lay white eggs -- right (someone with more experience)?

    What color are her ears? If they are white, she is probably the one laying the white eggs. It looks like her legs are yellowish/whitish from the picture, is that correct?
     

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