GLW egg color??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Fancypants1, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. Fancypants1

    Fancypants1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a picture of my GLW first egg. The GLW is on the left, Buff Orpington middle and Polish on the right. I didn’t think the GLW eggs were so dark. Everything I am reading is saying they lay pale or light brown eggs. Is this unusual?

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  2. rainbowrooster

    rainbowrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can have a great deal of variation of egg color between individual birds of the same breed. Therefore, even in a flock of only one breed you can have a range of browns.
     
  3. Fancypants1

    Fancypants1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't complain at all - it's a beautiful color - just shocked to see such a dark brown. I know it's her egg since she is in isolation in the garage until it gets warmer and I can introduce her to the rest of the girls outside.
     
  4. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, keep in mind that first eggs ("pullet eggs") are small. Over the next few months, her eggs will get larger. That usually means the same amount of pigment will be spread over a larger surface area, resulting in a lighter-colored egg than the pullet eggs you're getting now. Hope that makes sense!
     
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  5. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with the above :)
     
  6. Fancypants1

    Fancypants1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her first 3 eggs have been as big as my BO eggs who has been laying since November - does that mean that we are going to get even bigger eggs from her???? Omelet time :)
     
  7. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they'll get bigger over the next few months and then be relatively consistent in size. However, each year, egg size tends to increase (after each year's fall/winter molt). Older hens give fewer, but bigger eggs.

    Enjoy the omelets!
     

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