how does this happen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by haTHOR, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. haTHOR

    haTHOR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's almost like a strange hen is coming in to lay! [​IMG] i know that can't be true.

    BUT.

    my hens hadn't laid in MONTHS, until yesterday. i have four. two brown leghorns (distinct, medium, white/cream eggs); a gold laced wyandotte (large light brown egg, at least in the past); and a red sex link (who had never laid before despite coming to maturity in the height of summer, but from whom we expected a very large brown egg).

    yesterday there were two leghorn eggs and a HUGE white egg. what in the world?

    here is a pic of the GLW and the RSL. (yes, we noticed the GLW's feet bleeding today for the first time [​IMG] and just treated all the chickens for scaly leg mites, if you wondered.)
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    and one from the back
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    here's the question...how could this happen? is she not a RSL? do they sometimes lay a white egg? i don't think the GLW could lay an egg this big or this color...
     
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  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I bet she has white egg layer genes in the mix... her legs are not the bright yellow that you'd expect a RSL who has never laid to be.
     
  3. haTHOR

    haTHOR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that would make so much sense. i bought her (Pearl) and her "sister" (Ruby) from a local chicken lady as red stars...but lo and behold Ruby turned out to be "Roo-be" if you get my drift. if they weren't "pure" RSL hybrids, there is more of a chance he wouldn't have had sex-link coloring at birth, right?

    i am gonna take this thread over to the what's this breed, forum, i guess! seems i have more questions now!
     
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  4. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    My wyandottes lay large cream to beige colored eggs
     
  5. haTHOR

    haTHOR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah, my glw lays a light brown. this was white, white, whiter than my leghorns'...no tint at all. like it came from the store!
     

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