mystery egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Louise Waffles, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. Louise Waffles

    Louise Waffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All of my hens are supposed to lay brown eggs. I have one lone leghorn laying a white egg. The weird thing is, I have been finding TWO white eggs every day. One is very large, and one is almost as small as a bantam egg.
    I have naked necks, RIR, buckeyes, barred rocks, delawares, speckled sussex hens. And ONE leghorn.
    I examined the egg in sunlight. It is very definitely white, not very light brown. Has anyone ever had a chicken who would lay a white egg when they're supposed to lay brown eggs? A chicken who could lay more than one egg on a regular or near regular basis? Am I mistaken, and someone is actually a white egg layer (in which case I have a whole other problem)?
    Next week when I have a day off I am going to station myself in the chicken yard to find out, but until then, any ideas?
    (The leghorn is probably about 3 years old, and I don't use supplemental light in my coop)
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Is the large white egg consistent with the leghorns eggs?
    The smaller white egg could be from one of your brown layers with some kind of a 'spray booth' or other reproductive problem...egg is being expelled before the coating is applied.
    Any of your brown layers just coming back into lay after molting/winter break?
    Leghorn could be going thru some kind of a glitch as spring hormones start to flow.

    Just some thoughts.....Best of cLuck on your stake out.
     
  3. Louise Waffles

    Louise Waffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It kind of is consistent with what she lays, as far as shell strength & texture.
    No one is just coming out of a molt or illness....
    And the thought of two eggs coming from her in the span of probably about 6 hours doesn't seem likely at all. Those things take TIME.
    I can't wait to find out who's doing it!
     
  4. FarmerGirl101

    FarmerGirl101 Out Of The Brooder

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    sometimes chickens will lay eggs that are very light of even white when they start to lay but she is 3 years old. This is just like the time when I got a small egg that was only half and inch tall. I do not have seramas and all my chickens lay medium to large eggs.
     
  5. Louise Waffles

    Louise Waffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We found a half inch or so tall egg in the nest box. It was perfect inside, complete with tee-tiny yolk.

    Honestly, I think someone may have a malfunction in their spray booth, like @aart said. Staking on on Wednesday to find out for sure.
     
  6. Louise Waffles

    Louise Waffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was a BUCKEYE! I caught her today, and her egg was very VERY light brown, same size as the mystery white egg. Mystery solved!
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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