Egg with two different shell colors???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by prayingcowgirl, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. prayingcowgirl

    prayingcowgirl New Egg

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    Please tell me what is going on! We found this egg near one of our nest boxes. It appears to be a white egg inside of half a brown egg. We have only brown egg layers. The white shell is totally hard and solid, just like a healthy normal egg. Then half the egg has an additional fully formed brown layer. The brown layer looks like it was broken off, but I don't see how that could have happened without breaking the white layer. There is nothing between the two egg layers - no membrane or air space or anything. Also, I broke the hole in the egg to see how hard the white prt was - it was not broken when we found it, it was a complete whole hard egg, and the inside was totally normal. We do have one chicken who has mysteriously been laying soft eggs for a couple months despite having free choice calcium and none of the other hens having any issues, but I have no idea if the two are related or not. We don't know which hen layed this egg - we have red sex links and rhode island reds plus a plymouth barred rock rooster.[​IMG]
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  2. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks to me like the inside of the shell was not completely covered by the brown outer shell. I've not seen any like that, but I do know that my brown egg shells are white on the inside, so that would be my guess. If your hen was a new or young layer, that would probably explain it. Sometimes, they lay weird eggs.
     
  3. prayingcowgirl

    prayingcowgirl New Egg

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    That's what I would have thought except I'm confused about the white shell being totally hard...or even how she could have laid a shell with a sharp jagged edge. And this is their second year laying, too, so bot a pullet :-/
     
  4. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I was going to ask how thick the white part of the shell was. It looks like she started with the brown covering, but didn't have time to finish and laid the egg. Hopefully, the sharp edges were pointing inward and not outward when she laid it!
     
  5. prayingcowgirl

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    I was also wondering about that! I guess I assumed they slowly laid down a complete lyer and it got thicjer and thicker - I didn't realize they laid it all down starting at one end and moving to the other end with such a sharp edge!
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That is crazy!

    Wonder if it got shelled twice, only the outer getting coated, and part of the outer shell was thin or brittle and fell apart?
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    lol....So neat......Yes, all eggs start out white then colour is added.....If you scrub on a brown egg it will be white.....That is a two shelled egg.....So neat!!


    Cheers!
     

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