My green egg layer is now laying blue eggs... how??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sevenbabychicks, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. sevenbabychicks

    sevenbabychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My EE, Hester, used to lay big turquoisey eggs a little on the greener side. Then she got a little sick, then she molted, and now she's finally laying again... small, robin-blue eggs. Everything I've read on here says that this isn't possible. What's going on??

    And yep, I'm sure it's Hester. Saw it come out of her [​IMG]
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    As a hen matures or as the egg laying season progresses, the egg shell color than lighten in color over time.
     
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Green and blue are products of more than one set of 'guns' for color. The blue is set IN the shell- if you peel off the inner membrane you'll see the REAL color of the egg. Green is a product of the same bird also carrying genes to tint the egg brown to whatever degree, which is done at the end of the egg formation, and is only on the outside. If you scrub at a fresh egg right after it's laid, you can rub the brown right off!

    Brown or beige over blue looks green. As a bird goes through its laying cycle and its lifetime, sometimes the eggs do change, and brown layers often have variable amounts of the brown pigment on their shells.

    Neato, huh? This chicken thing is always teaching us new stuff!
     
  4. emptynester

    emptynester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is so amazing! The more I learn, the more there is to learn!
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Yeppers. She just skipped the brown in the paint booth. [​IMG]
     
  6. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    You can expect her eggs to get bigger again, too. It isn't unheard of for a girl to lay teeny eggs after having nig eggs, though. My girl did that...weirdo!
     
  7. Gerry2011

    Gerry2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the explanation. Now, what are "nig" eggs???
     
  8. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Quote:Thanks for the explanation. Now, what are "nig" eggs???

    I would think that is a typo and should say "big" eggs.
     

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