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Egg color

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CWchickenranch, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. CWchickenranch

    CWchickenranch In the Brooder

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    My hens have been laying dark brown eggs and today we got one light colored egg. I am new at this and wondered what caused this?
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  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

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    If the shell's abnormally thin, then illness or an injury like a bone injury sucking up her calcium reserves.

    Otherwise, it's pigmentation glands that produce shell coloring. With wild birds, it causes such species specific traits like spots, streaks, marbling, solid color, etc, as well; the glands can run out of pigment too. She may just be running low on pigment and in that case might be reaching the end of her seasonal laying period.
     
  3. CWchickenranch

    CWchickenranch In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the response. It was just a one time deal.
     
  4. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

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    Thanks for the update. Best wishes.
     

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