RIR laying rosy-purplish eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GruveyChickens, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. GruveyChickens

    GruveyChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    We have six RIR hens, a little over a year old (we've had them for about ten days now). The smallest one consistently lays the largest eggs of all the hens. They are kind of a rosy-purplish color. Is this a normal egg color for RIRs? We've only used one of her eggs so far and it was a double-yolker. (We're total newbies to chickens, so forgive me if this is a silly question!)

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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC and congrats on your new birds. That shade is not unusual among brown laying breeds...though if the birds in your avatar are the birds in question, not all are RIR from what little can be seen.
     
  3. GruveyChickens

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    OK, good to know it's a "normal" color for brown egg layers. [​IMG]

    We purchased them as RIR, but from looking at pictures of RIRs, I'm hard pressed to believe that they aren't crosses of some sort. Perhaps they're production reds? Or something entirely different? Here's a photo of three of them...

    Regardless of what they are, they are a joy to have and we love the fresh eggs they provide. I'm not breeding or showing, so no biggy! [​IMG]

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    (Not the greatest pic, sorry!)
     
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