Egg color

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Alwayswantchics, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. Alwayswantchics

    Alwayswantchics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Can one hen lay this drastically different color of eggs or do I have two hens?
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    The white egg on the right looks like a Bobwhite egg or some new world species quail. Coturnix on the left. :)
     
  3. Alwayswantchics

    Alwayswantchics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both came from my cortunix cage. Thought I only had one female.
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Eggs are white in color until the last moment before laying, when the hen puts the "bloom" on. The color or the bloom as it is called is basically a dye and each hen has different amounts of it in her glands. The more she lays, the lighter the color on the eggs becomes. If you are sure you have only one hen in this cage, it is possible she laid two eggs in one day, or laid before she had time to manufacture more "dye" and hence, the egg was laid white.
     
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  5. Alwayswantchics

    Alwayswantchics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. Thanks for the info. Very interesting.
     
  6. Kylesquails

    Kylesquails Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when put in viniger the color wipes of
     
  7. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kyle, I still wish I could "blow eggs" for decoration. They would look so much better than chicken eggs.
    James
     
  8. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you just want to sit them around and not open the shell you do not need to blow them at all. Just place in a safe place where air can get to them and the insides will dry out over time, be sure they are not too hot or they can burst if the rot inside. I have a glass jar full of my Button Quail eggs that I have just let air dry and the only thing is they are a bit hard to roll as the innards dry to one side so they kind of wobble. make cute wobblies if you glue on wiggly eyes. If you worry that they will rot and explode you can hard boil them first then let dry up.
     
  9. sphanges

    sphanges Out Of The Brooder

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    Hiya, I get white eggs on occasion. As a previous poster has said, sometimes the quail use up all their pigment and so you'll get a white, blue or green egg. I've found it happens sometimes when a bird has been stressed but can also happen to my normal birds though I've found some do it more than others and it's often in the younger birds.

    A female quail has her own "signature" on her eggs and if you save a few and compare, you will be able to see if you have two laying or just one. The patterns will never be exactly the same from one day to the next but will have similar blob patterns, blob colours, shell colours, size, shape and texture. I can tell who laid which egg in many of my pens, and the cool thing is it's inherited so I can often tell who the mum was of a young bird by looking at her egg patterns. I have a couple of strains with distinct "frosting" to their eggs and another strain with very large dark blotches. I find it awesome to see it being passed down :)

    B
     
  10. AK Chicken Guy

    AK Chicken Guy Out Of The Brooder

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    I get this one every once in awhile don't know who lays it.
     

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