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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by redheadfarmer, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. redheadfarmer

    redheadfarmer In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2011
    SW Ontario
    We recently added 3 chickens to our flock...a black sex link, red sex link and a white mutt. On day 2 they all laid eggs. I got a darker brown, lighter brown and white egg so I thought it would be easy to guess who was laying. We haven't had another white egg since then (almost 10 days ago) and we are consistently getting 2 brown eggs although the colour appears to be pretty consistent. I assumed that the 2 sex links were responsible. The tonight we got a third egg out of the pen...so my question is this:

    Can a white chicken lay a white egg on one day and then a light brown egg on all other occasions? I don't know what they were getting to eat at their old place, but everyone is getting layer mash, pumpkin and squash and cracked corn now.


  2. ChicKat

    ChicKat Crowing Premium Member

    Generally chicken egg color doesn't change much. Sometimes the earlobe of a chicken can signal the egg color (there are exceptions). If your white chicken has a white earlobe then probably white eggs, if red, then probably brown eggs. Both your sexlinks are brown layers most likely. When a chicken first starts, sometimes the egg mechanisms need a little shakedown cruise to get it right. It could be all three are brown layers, but the brown coating didn't produce on that first white egg.

    on my BYC page, I have a pretty good close up of a white chicken with a white earlobe if you go to the jottings. It looks like white leather. She is a pretty prolific white-egg layer. If you can determine the breed of your white hen...it may help you know what to expect, but if she is a mixture, then it could be a roll of the dice. .......

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