RIR laying green eggs!? O_O

Crest Acres Girl

Songster
11 Years
Mar 5, 2008
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Southern California
I got my RIR from privett hatchery...she grew up to have a pea comb and now shes laying green eggs haha whats up with that? ...wonder what would happen if I breed her with a copper maran roo o_o
 

Kev

Crowing
12 Years
Jan 13, 2008
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Sun City, California
Howdy sort-of-neighbor! I'm in Riverside county.

It's not a RIR.. she's an Easter Egger. Crossing her with a Marans will give daughters that lay darker green eggs. However if she isn't pure for the 'colored egg' gene, then half of the daughters will lay brown- with the other half laying darker green eggs.
 

jazzy6110

In the Brooder
8 Years
Nov 16, 2011
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i got a rir pullet that just started laying and it took me a while to figure out that it was she who was laying these pale green eggs. i asked the farmer from which i purchased her and he told me that rir do sometimes lay a green egg....but this is like once in a green moon freak type thing..he said that she is a true rir but there is some sort of recessive gene that affects the egg color..i truly trust this guy because he is a 3rd gen. farmer and he knows a great deal...so consider yourself very fortunate....cross her with a marans or any rooster carrying a dark brown egg gene, maybe you will get a hen with a deeper green laying trait
 

jazzy6110

In the Brooder
8 Years
Nov 16, 2011
14
0
22
here i have a freakishly lg blue egg from my ameraucana named Liberty in the middle and the other 2 are from my rir named Rouge..you can tell that the one in the middle is slightly lighter
 

draye

Crowing
9 Years
Nov 30, 2010
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Arkansas
I think that farmer feed you a big line of [email protected]$(*!#*(%&_!#%& !_.
Rhode Island Reds do not and have never laid green eggs. Recessive probably because they have somewhere down the line mixed in a blue egg gene.

Just saying!
Think I'd find me someone else to purchase Rhode Island Reds from.
 

A.T. Hagan

Don't Panic
12 Years
Aug 13, 2007
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North/Central Florida
I had the same thing happen with some Rhode Island Reds from Ideal. All the same color, yellow legs, single combs, the whole nine yards for RIRs.

Until they began to lay and one of them produced a green egg. Started looking closely at each one only to discover lo and behold that one of them had small ear tufts. There was my culprit. There was an EE somewhere in her genetic woodpile just as there is one in yours.
 

NYREDS

Crowing
12 Years
Jan 14, 2008
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i got a rir pullet that just started laying and it took me a while to figure out that it was she who was laying these pale green eggs. i asked the farmer from which i purchased her and he told me that rir do sometimes lay a green egg....but this is like once in a green moon freak type thing..he said that she is a true rir but there is some sort of recessive gene that affects the egg color..i truly trust this guy because he is a 3rd gen. farmer and he knows a great deal...so consider yourself very fortunate....cross her with a marans or any rooster carrying a dark brown egg gene, maybe you will get a hen with a deeper green laying trait

Sometimes farmers who sell junk birds will make up stories to cover up the fact that they're selling junk birds. This happens much more often than Rhode Island Reds who lay green eggs which never happens.
 

somadlyinlove

Songster
9 Years
Jan 10, 2011
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Lake county, California
I love my green egg girls. As long as you are not into showing, enjoy your green surprise eggs! The farmer is probably just misinformed not trying to deceive you. As far as the hatchery goes I would let them know that you did not get what you ordered. Even if you are happy with your hen they should have given you what you ordered. I would also post your experience in the thread for hatchery reviews.
 

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