I have some chicken/EE/Ameraucana questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joebwe25, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. joebwe25

    joebwe25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright, I just want to get a few questions cleared up -

    Chickens get egg colour from legs,
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    EEs lay green eggs cause of their green legs,
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    True Ameraucanas don't have green legs,
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    Alright, here's my last question -
    If TRUE Ameraucanas don't have green legs
    how do they lay green eggs?
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    Thanks for any answers,
    Joe
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2007
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Chickens get egg colour from legs,

    Not true. Usually, red earlobes mean brown eggs and white earlobes indicate white eggs, but not always.

    EEs lay green eggs cause of their green legs

    Nope, some lay brown or blue. Leg color is irrelevant.


    True Ameraucanas don't have green legs

    True, they are not supposed to. They should have slate colored legs.


    If TRUE Ameraucanas don't have green legs
    how do they lay green eggs?

    As you see above, the leg color has nothing to do with egg color.​
     
  3. joebwe25

    joebwe25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So where DO they get the egg colour?
     
  4. joebwe25

    joebwe25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But it IS true that the colour drains out of their legs when they are laying eggs?
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Joe, the egg color, just like your eye color, is programmed into their genes. And yes, it's true that the more eggs they lay, the more color drains from their legs. If you see a chicken with bright yellow legs, you can bet it isn't laying or has barely started.
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2007
  6. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I learn something new everyday!
     
  7. kybukabu

    kybukabu Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I learn something new everyday!

    NO DOUBT! :eek:
     
  8. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

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    Quote:I learn something new everyday!

    NO DOUBT! :eek:

    I didn't know that. That's COOL! [​IMG]
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Naturally, I'm speaking of yellow-legged chickens. The beaks of yellow-beaked hens also lose color as they lay more and more eggs. Then they take a break to molt and after a rest, alot of the color returns.
     
  10. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

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    Sounds kinda like me! Before kids I was nicely tanned, wore make up etc....
    After the first kid, the tan disapeared, not time to hang out on the beach or pool - second child totally blew off ALL the color! [​IMG]

    Good thing chickens don't go grey with age!
     

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