egg color

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by naked_neck, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. naked_neck

    naked_neck Out Of The Brooder

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    i was always told you could tell what color eggs a pullet would lay by the color of their legs. but i have 4 naked neck pullets that lay brown eggs. one has blue legs and the other three have green legs. also the one with blue legs has only half a tail. the actual tail is part way missing. shes always been like that. we think she may have some americana or arucana mixed in. my question, why are they laying brown eggs?
     
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    A lot of chickens that are mixed breeds lay brown eggs, even some of the ones that are mixed with Araucana or Ameraucana breeds. Green legs means they have the possibility of laying a blue or green egg, not that they will. It just depends on what they won in the "gene lottery."
     
  3. naked_neck

    naked_neck Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for your reply. that certainly helped my understanding. its strange because one has started laying eggs that are so light they look pink. i also have a frizzle that lays almost pink eggs.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Leg color has nothing to do with egg color. Period.
     
  5. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    I always thought that the egg color was the same as their EAR color....is that not right? [​IMG]
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Most of the time, red earlobes mean brown eggs and white mean white eggs, BUT, there are exceptions. Hey, Silkies have mulberry or purple earlobes and they lay white or cream colored eggs.
     

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