Purple egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rubyrogue, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. rubyrogue

    rubyrogue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I swear one of the eggs I collected today is purple. At least it has a purple look to it. When I first collected it I thought is was just the light but there is definatly a purple glow to it, i confirmed this by asking people what color they thought it was. The coop it came from is white leghorns, gold/ red sexlinks and a mystery black hen, she doesnt look like an ee she is big, she is also rooster picked badly. I just got them yesterday so these are the first eggs ive gotten from them. I will try to get a picture but so far no luck catching the color very well.
     
  2. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    The 'purplish' egg colouring is a bloom over the top of a pinkish brown shell. The darker brown the shell the darker plum the color will appear. Some eggs have a white bloom but a good example will have a pale purple color bloom over a darker shell.

    The 'purplish' bloom over the shell is difficult to keep for showing eggs. The bloom fades to a dull beige if exposed to daylight for any extended period. It also washes off and disappears if the egg has any kind of grease on it. Even condensation when bringing cold eggs into a warm room can remove or damage the bloom. It is also very difficult to see the color in artificial light.

    *Bloom is the coating or covering on the egg shell that seals its pores. Bloom, also called cuticle, helps to prevent bacteria from getting inside the shell and reduces moisture loss from the egg.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I had a barred rock that laid eggs with a purplish hue and white speckles. Great looking eggs.
     
  4. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    Quote:Dose the mystery black girl have a red neck? I'm thinking Black Copper Marans? They lay eggs that are a dark purple color at first, then fade later in life span of laying.?
     
  5. rubyrogue

    rubyrogue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is so rooster plucked I would have a hard time guessing her breed. If it was her that laid it, which she is the only possibility i can think of since everyone else fits the bill for sexlinks and leghorns. The egg in question is no where near dark enough to be a marans egg. It looks like a white egg with a purple bloom. I get a green egg from my EE but hers stay green, I havnt tried washing this egg yet. Again, I will try to get pics today of both hen and egg.
     
  6. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she solid black? Any muff, beard, slate legs to indicate EE?
     
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  7. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    One of my Welsumer hens lays a egg with a dark purple hue.
     
  8. rubyrogue

    rubyrogue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    K so here is the hen in question and the egg in question. I had a very hard time catching the color and as a previous poster stated the color is not as pronounced as it was yesterday. It is just a very light light purple. Sorry the pics dont show the color very well

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  9. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:She looks awful! Can't you separate her from the rooster, or put no peck stuff on her or something?
     
  10. rubyrogue

    rubyrogue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont have a rooster in that coop. I was just given 7 hens from someone that was getting out of chickens and all 7 look like this. he had 2 roosters in with 18 hens and one rooster never left the hens alone. Now they have their own 36 sq ft coop and 144 sq ft run.
     

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