how to tell if a hen will lay white or brown eggs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jeremy frenz, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. jeremy frenz

    jeremy frenz In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2007
    portland OR
    how do i tell if a hen will lay white or brown eggs
  2. ChickenMommy

    ChickenMommy Songster

    Mar 9, 2007
    North East Texas
    by the breed of chicken you have. What kind do you have?
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    If a hen has red earlobes, usually she will lay brown eggs.
    If a hen has white earlobes, she should lay white.
    Some crosses will lay colours. My Leghorn mix lays pink tinged eggs. And my Brahma mix laid a baby yellow egg.
  4. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    You can tell most of the time from the color of the legs, but it doesnt always work. Hens with orange/yellow legs are usually from the American class and lay brown eggs. Hens with white/pink legs are often from the European class which lay white eggs. Ameraucanas have green legs and lay green or blue eggs. There is a lot of overlap so you can't always tell unless you know the name of the breeds.

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