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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 Out Of The Brooder

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    how do i tell if a hen will lay white or brown eggs
     
  2. ChickenMommy

    ChickenMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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