Is it true? EE eggshell colors never change?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by amysflock, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. amysflock

    amysflock Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Tenino, WA
    Hi all,

    I purchased three yearling EE hens from a woman and it took about three weeks before I saw an egg. It was greenish with brown speckles. Over the next 10 days I got 7 more, one of them a double yolker, but since I was getting only one egg a day I wasn't comparing shell color. The last one, though, was baby blue, very different from the others, and smaller, too.

    When I looked at the eggs together in the carton, I saw:
    3 greenish with light brown speckles (one the double yolker)
    3 plain greenish, no speckles
    1 baby blue

    If it's true that hens' shell colors don't change, then wouldn't this mean all three of the EEs have now laid? Or is that bogus, and one girl could be laying all three colors?

    Three speckled on the top, plain greenish and plain baby blue middle row, and two used eggs (both speckled greenish) bottom row.

    The three EEs. They're all smaller than my 20-week old flock...maybe they are part banty?

  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Color should remain the same, but will fade as laying cycle goes on.
  3. cottagegarden

    cottagegarden Eggistentialist

    Oct 2, 2008
    SE PA
    You take really nice pictures.

    Egg color does not change. It may lighten due to what you are feeding, temperatures, or
    how long they have been laying. You would have to separate them out to see who is laying what, but for sure you have green and blue layers. The speckles CAN come and go.
    I think it would be a pretty good guess that all three are laying and this is your new egg basket. Congrats-very pretty and a stroke of good luck.
  4. amysflock

    amysflock Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Tenino, WA
    Yippee! Thanks, guys! Now if my other six pullets would start laying I'll be back in the egg business!
  5. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Very nice eggs and really pretty girls too!!! I would say all 3 are probably laying too [​IMG]
  6. kellykate

    kellykate Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Yarmouth, Maine
    Yup, I would say all three are laying and boy, are those pretty EE's! Lucky you on the colorful eggs too! One of my EE's lays regular brown eggs - but they still taste good!
  7. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    My EEs layed some-what different colored eggs. They either laid dark blue or a very very very very very very light blue colored eggs.

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