Help me solve my pink egg mystery...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SoManyHats, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. SoManyHats

    SoManyHats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all! I have three Barred rock crosses and two Black Austraulorps tha are laying age. I know for sure one of each are laying. And another Barred rock who is squatting. She may be laying, because I got two Barred rock eggs a couple days ago, but I know it's possible for a hen to lay two eggs in one day. Anyway, this morning about 10:30, I got the typical two eggs - one from my BR, one from my BA. They lay one after another every day. But then I went back out around noon, and found this pinkish colored egg. It looks closer to the BA's eggs, but my other BA looks too immature to lay.

    Here's a picture. BR on the left, BA on the right, and mystery egg in the middle.

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    And here's my other BA. Could she be laying?

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    I'd love some input. The egg is beautiful. :love
     
  2. aggiemae

    aggiemae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That egg look pretty large for a first egg. Are all three pullets?
     
  3. SoManyHats

    SoManyHats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The one on the left and the one on the right are from hens who have been laying for about a month.
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    That egg is a pretty pink color. Agree the BA in the picture does look a little less developed than I would expect for a pullet that is laying, so I guess I would vote it is probably from one of the BR crosses.
     
  5. bellschick

    bellschick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im glad u asked that question bcause I get those colored pink eggs alot. When u wash them it tends to turn more of a brown color. I just thought that was what color I was supposed to get.
     
  6. SoManyHats

    SoManyHats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are washing off the "bloom" which can be the source of a pinkish tint to brown eggs.

    The guy I got the chickens from reminded me that my Barred Rock crosses are 1/4 Basque, and they have been known to lay that color egg. So I'm just going to assume it's the BR.
     
  7. bellschick

    bellschick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bloom? Could u plz explain?
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Bloom/ cuticle is the coating the hen puts on the eggshell just before she lays it that helps seal the pores, it helps keep bacteria etc from getting in the egg and slows down evaporation from the egg. Washing eggs takes the bloom off which is why they last longer if you do not wash them.
     

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