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Golden sex link laying purple eggs..?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rcantu1204, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. Rcantu1204

    Rcantu1204 In the Brooder

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    Our 17 week old golden sex link started laying last week and shes laying purple eggs. Has anyone else had this happen?? I thought maybe it was the bloom on them, but after boiling one egg and trying to rub off the purple, as soon as the egg dried, it was purple again. So pretty ☺️

    Also... the chicken in the picture is not the sex link, shes a buff orpington that pushed her way into the nesting box. received_666030193860675.jpeg received_1382679751869982.jpeg
     
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  2. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    Is the last picture of your Gold Sex Link? Because that bird is a Buff Orpington.
     
  3. DanielleOrbach

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    She looks too dark to be a Buff Orpington, I was thinking Rhode Island Red. The egg also looks like it is a light red/brown, it's hard to see purple.
     
  4. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

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    I think it actually is a sex-link, they can look somewhat similar in coloring sometimes. If the whole body was visible I think it would look less like an orpington. Sex-links are not as heavy, and their feather quality tends to be a bit less quality. Their color can vary from lighter to darker also, mine currently are about that same color as the one in the picture. I have some that are very similar. And some of them lay similar colored eggs, it's just a variety of brown. I get some that look more pink sometimes too.
    A true Rhode Island Red will be a darker mahogany color. Many RIR's sold are hatchery quality and not as dark and many production reds are sold as RIR's and are not as dark. So unless you buy directly from a breeder, you don't really know for sure, and the lineage is always a question (not to mention miss-labeled chicks and those put in the wrong bin).
    To the OP, I hope you are taking care of that cut on your hand!! Ouch!
     
  5. Tycine1

    Tycine1 Crowing

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    That egg is within the color range that my production red hens lay.
     
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  6. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    An easy way to tell if it’s a Gold/Red Sex Link is to look at the down feathers. On a pure buff or red chicken the down feathers will be buff or red down to the base of the feather. On a Gold/Red Sex Link the down feathers will have white closer to the base of the feather.
     
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  7. Rcantu1204

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    No, thats our buff orpington, she jumped in their after the golden sex link layed
     
  8. Rcantu1204

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    No, the chicken in the picture is our buff orpington. She jumps on everyones eggs as soon as hey lay them lol
     
  9. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

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    I stand corrected!! :frow
    Goes to show why so many ask for full body shots before deciding what they are looking at!!
     
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  10. Rcantu1204

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    20190530_182605.jpg this is the chicken that is laying the purple eggs... shes our golden sex link
     
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