My 5 Araicana / Americana hens only brown eggs

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  1. 5hens4dogsNus

    5hens4dogsNus New Egg

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    My 5 month old Easter Eggers are only laying light brown eggs. Where are the blue and green eggs I'm waiting for??? I've had them before with blue and green.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Due to their varied genetics, many EE do not lay green/blue eggs. Physically they may look as if they carry the blue egg gene, but since they are crossbreds not all carry the gene.
     
  3. MorganC

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    There are certain genetic strains of the 'Easter Eggers' that will only lay brown eggs. If they come from a genetic pool where brown is dominant, that may be what you get.
    Some people will say that the color of the egg shell is 100% determined by diet (similar to the yolk) however, in every breed, not so much.
    A common statement would be that since they are only 5 months old they haven't developed the coloring yet. Since 'Easter Eggers' are not a naturally proficient egg laying breed, colored eggs may not show up for as much as a year.

    There also seems to be a rumor circulating that in order to get colored egg shells you need to feed them a specific food type or nutrition mix, much like plants to keep them blooming a specific color. I don't know if this is just hearsay but I haven't seen any studies to prove/disprove this line of thought.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    If the eggs are brown they will always be brown.
    Not all EEs lay blue/green eggs.
    I have a young EE pullet that hasn't started laying yet.
    I wont be surprised if she lays brown eggs too!
     
  5. Frankie Ruiz

    Frankie Ruiz Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. elmoughler

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    Out of my five only 2 lay green eggs
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Egg shell color is determined by genetics. While the exact shade can and probably will vary a bit over the egg laying season, if they lay brown they will always lay brown. If they lay blue or green, they will always lay blue or green. Genetics don’t change. Basic shell color does not change.

    EE’s are not a breed. There is no generally accepted definition for what an EE is. I won’t call a hen an EE unless she lays a blue or green egg. Some people, including most hatcheries, will say they are EE if they hatched from an EE.

    I don’t know where you got your EE’s or what their genetic background is. If you have some not laying yet you may get a colored egg, you may not.
     
  8. 5hens4dogsNus

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    I hadn't realized how fortunate I was with the 10 hens I had in CA. All layed amazing blues and green eggs. I even used the shell colors for paint for rooms in my home. Out of 5 hens 3 are laying. I hope the other two surprise me! They all came from a hatchery in west Michigan Holland area. Bought at the Farm and Home store in Plainfield. These girls are spoiled and loved so for now I'm grateful for the 3 eggs a day.
    Thank everyone for your response. I am thankful for this site!
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2015
  9. Little Fuzzy

    Little Fuzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got an egg today that was three times the size of a normal egg. I couldn't even close the egg carton. it is brownish with a pinkish tinge, I can't tell if it came from my American, my Light brahma or blue Wyandotte since I have never seen any of those three on a nest box. the american looks like she has red wattles and small red pea comb. the other two don't look old enough yet, the egg is not as dark as my red star's eggs, any guesses?
     

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