egg color

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BillDuer, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. BillDuer

    BillDuer New Egg

    Apr 22, 2011
    We've had a cold snap and egg production dropping off? Also
    color changing from dark brown to almost pink. Feed or
    weather or ?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    :frow Welcome to the forum! :frow Glad you joined us! :frow

    Chickens use pigments to color their egg shells. They get those pigments from what they eat. So a change in diet due to the weather changing could help contribute.

    But what I really suspect is that hens recharge their systems when they molt. One of the things with that recharge us that they store up pigment in their system. When they start laying after a molt or when they first start to lay as pullets, the eggs are as dark and brown as they are going to get. Gradually the egg shells become lighter the longer they lay. Just before a molt, I've seen eggs that are almost white, though that hen was laying nice dark brown eggs right after her molt.

    If it is just one egg and not a gradual trend, it could be an aboration. The shelll color is the last thing to go on before they lay. If may be she was stressed and the egg popped out quicker than it normally does. It would be whiter than normal.

    It could be something else but if it is a gradual trend I'd bet a lot of your money and a tiny bit of mine that she is just using up her stored pigment.

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