PINK egg?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shellybean40, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    I have 9 hens, 3 are bantam cochins, 1 EE, ( beautiful green eggs), 1 Polish Cross, 1 Red Sex link, and 3 barred Rock crosses. I am getting the obvious small cream colored eggs from my banties, and beautiful brown eggs from the BR Xs, but I just found a lovely egg that is lighter, it is PINK!! My polish cross came from the same yard as the Barred Rock crosses, and has some black spot on her. Is this possibly her laying these pink eggs??I was expecting white eggs from her, but I thought you genetics specialists would know.
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    I'd love to see your pink egg photo.. Honestly a lot of people have their own opinions of "pink." I myself have some Jersey Giants who lay a consistent pink colored egg, but in all reality it is just a pale brown that has a blushier shade than any of my other pale brown egg layers. And then, of course, there's the other kind of pink - The kind you can wash, and it disappears, then comes back when dry. That type of pink can pop up in any brown egg layer, and even be purple in dark brown egg layers. It isn't really a breed specific thing, but usually just happens every once in a while to young layers. It is caused by an extra layer of blume over the egg, which coats it a thin layer of white, and causes the egg to appear pink. Now, there are some instances, though, where this trait carries on through the hen's life, and even past her young age it will pop up.

    If my Araucanas laid brown eggs, not blue - They'd lay pink eggs all their life, as they have a thick blume on their egg every single time.

    And in dark eggs, it makes them look plum-purple. Here's a carton of different colors, one here is my "pink" Jersey Giant egg and one is my plum-purple Marans egg, which doesn't occur very often, but if it does, it is a trait that particular hen carries, and she will lay it once every ooh 3-5 eggs.


    Jersey Giant pink is second from left bottom, Marans plum color is third from right bottom.
  3. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    I don't know the egg genetics but our BRs lay a pinkish brownish egg. It is noticably pink when next to the other brown eggs.
  4. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    I guess I will never know unless I lock them up in the nest box-LOL. My pink is exactly the color of your Jersey Giant. These girls are from a friend's mixed group, so no telling if some JG is in there somewhere-thanks for all of your information. Very interesting.
  5. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I thought I was getting some light pink eggs when my girls started laying. What it turns out to be was thin shelled eggs from my BR. The shell works just hadn't been perfected yet.
  6. kurka

    kurka Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 2, 2010
    They look soo lovely [​IMG] I will try to make some crosses to get similar colors [​IMG] I have 2 production rhode island whites, [light brown eggs] and one of them is adding that bonus blume, eggs look like pink ones. But when thay stay some time in a fridge, blume dissapears in contact with air, and they slowly turn uniform brown. [​IMG]
  7. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I have an Easter Egger that lays a pink egg. She is molting right now, and not laying, so I can't get a picture.
  8. ZombieChickens

    ZombieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh my gosh Illia, they are freakin' awesome!!!!
  9. HBuehler

    HBuehler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    Lebanon TN
    we have a few pink layers here..all brown laying breeds but beside the browns just like Illia's they look pink.I'm just looking for the chicken that lays the Golden egg.[​IMG]
  10. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:Oh, yes, I had one ..... but I dropped it, and it broke. [​IMG]

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