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My Barred Rock laid a white egg...what gives?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by robot rooster, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. robot rooster

    robot rooster Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2009
    For real, it is white, with a few rough looking "bubbles" on it. They free range, and I also give them potatoe peels and cabbage for nutrition, but this is odd. Why?
  2. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    Was it her first egg? If so, are you sure she is a barred rock? barred leghorns and california blacks look a lot like barred rocks, but with white earlobes and they lay white eggs. I thought I had two BRs with my first batch of chicks, but it ended up being one BR and one barred leghorn.
  3. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    my barred rock also lays a white (slightly cream, not STARK white, but definitely not brown) egg. I thought BRs were brown egg layers...
    [​IMG] Not that it matters to me; my Betty is a sweetheart and I wouldn't care if she laid orange eggs. [​IMG]
  4. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Quote:my BR doesn't have white earlobes; she looks exactly like other BRs, just lays creamy colored eggs. Hers aren't hard to pick out of the group when they all like to use the same nestbox! [​IMG]
  5. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    Is she a banty?
  6. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Barred Hollands look like a Barred Rock, too, and lay a white egg. There are several breeds that look VERY similar.
  7. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    what's the telltale difference between a barred rock and a barred Holland?
    ETA: Betty is not a bantam; she's a bit bigger than my RIR hens and about the same size as my buff orps or Australorps
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2009
  8. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    be careful with potato peels of any white potato. I have read somewhere that they are not good for them...I will look for the info and in the treat page here on BYC.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2009
  9. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Quote:I know, of course, the Barred Holland lays a white egg, but I think, too, they don't have the darker stripe on the front of their leg like a Barred Rock...ummm....not really sure. I know there must be more differences. My mother has one, I would have to check her over. [​IMG] I don't think she has white earlobes like the Leghorns, though White Leghorns were used to develop them.
  10. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    thinking now I'm going to have to REALLY invade Betty's space and look her over from head to toe. She'll probably wonder why I've gotten so curious or think I've lost my marbles! [​IMG]

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