Egg color experts - How did this happen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joedie, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    I incubated several eggs 18 months ago. The rooster was a EE and was crossed with several different breeds. As they grew up, two looked like EE's but laid brown eggs. So they have been laying for over a year and yesterday I got a green egg! How did this happen? [​IMG]
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Is it possible somebody wasn't laying until now? I know 18 months is a long time, but I have waited 11 months before for a pullet to start laying. Any other new hens added to the flock that could be laying it?

    Brown eggs cannot turn to green. Green eggs are a blue egg with brown spray paint.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2012
  3. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    This is just strange. I got another one today. So either she just started laying (but the eggs are not small like newbies give) or she's been laying them elsewhere and I've never found one which I think is also strange. They do free range but you'd think I would have found at least one. Anyway, it's nice to have a little color!
    Thanks for your reply!
  4. MrsChickenPam

    MrsChickenPam Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 18, 2011
    Same thing happened to me last year. 6 chickens, 4 breeds (2 were EE). Several months of good/steady egg production and then lo and behold! Green egg started showing up. I initially thought that ALL were laying and somehow one started laying a DIFFERENT color, but the veterans here set me straight - that cannot happen. One of my EEs just hadn't been laying.
  5. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    I didn't know they could take so long to start laying, but I guess it is what it is! Maybe she'll lay for a long time since she was since a late bloomer. Thanks!

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