My Barred Rock is laying white eggs...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wrightjo88, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. wrightjo88

    wrightjo88 Hatching

    Nov 1, 2012
    Wichita, KS
    I have 2 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Buff Orpington, and 1 Barred Rock. All of my chickens are laying brown eggs, except for the Barred Rock, she just started laying 2 weeks ago and has been laying white eggs. Any ideas on what causes this? Is it possible that she is not a pure Barred Rock, but rather a BR mixed with something else?

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    Other thoughts?

  2. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    Those eggs are not white, they are tinted or very light brown. Some barred rocks just lay really light.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    She lays a light, tan, egg. That's OK.

    She looks very, very pretty, but she's quite likely of mixed heritage. Since barring can cover a lot of things, she may well have other things in her blood line. This would not be unusual at all. Her appearance is rather cuckoo, which is what tight barring does, once it has been crossed with other things and then brought back. Hope that isn't confusing.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    You know what else I was thinking... Are you sure it is the barred rock laying this egg? Looks more like an orp egg to me. [​IMG] My BR & Orp laying together. [​IMG] Eggs they laid. Lighter being from the orp.
  5. patty12

    patty12 Songster

    Jan 24, 2011
    browns eggs are white then while traveling down the egg tract they are coated with brown. Your hen has less coating the others that all.

  6. wrightjo88

    wrightjo88 Hatching

    Nov 1, 2012
    Wichita, KS
    Yes, I am positive that the eggs are from the Barred Rock. Thank you all for the information, I am fairly new to chickens and this is a big help.
  7. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    Well then [​IMG]
  8. ibarbidahl

    ibarbidahl Songster

    Aug 22, 2012
    Odessa, FL
    According to her carring I'd say she very well is mixed. Also she's young, and it takes time for the whole egg thing to work out the kinks. I have one hen that has laid 3 different colors of eggs! SHe has laid brown, pink and cream with brown spots... Now that she is laying consistantly she lays pink! (she's a brahma)
  9. longlegz86

    longlegz86 Chirping

    Oct 23, 2012
    Rutherfordton NC
    My barred rock is doing the same thing. VERY light brown eggs... Almost white... Its the egg on the right in this picture...


  10. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Songster

    Oct 4, 2008
    SW New Hampshire
    Well, my Icelandics just started laying, and their eggs are a disappointing beige. They are supposed to be white!

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