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Silkie question- egg colors

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jaybme, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. jaybme

    jaybme Songster

    Just read a Consumer Report article which mentioned as a general rule white chickens lay white eggs, brown chickens lay brown. Naturally people wrote into to correct the story! CR then followed up to say they meant it was a general trait with egg layers of the agri business.

    But it did get me thinking: I know Silkies can lay eggs in different colors.

    My silkes came in white eggs, and they have black or dark blue earlobes. Does anyone know if the color of the egg indicates the color of the earlobe?

    Or is lobe color just a genetic trait passed on, with no relevance to egg color?

    Is egg color an indicator for any trait, in any chicken?

    Thanks for any replies!
  2. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    My white silkie and blue silkie both lay light brown, almost beige eggs. I don't know what color egg they hatched from as they came from a hatchery and arrived here post egg. [​IMG]

    I don't know if this helps answer any of your questions. Maybe our resident silkie gurus will chime in.
  3. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    I've heard ear color does relate to egg color. Now my silkies, and all I've ever know, was a purebreed silkie lays a cream colored egg, that can occasionally have speckles.

    I've seen no other variation other then how dark or light they are.

    Someone may know the earlobe trait rule better then I. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2008
  4. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    The color of the chicken doesn't determine the egg. It's the color of the EARLOBES. You got it backwards. Red earlobes mean they lay brown eggs. White earlobes mean they lay white eggs. There are white chickens with red earlobes and lay brown eggs. As for silkies I don't have a clue, they only lay cream colored eggs.
  5. jaybme

    jaybme Songster

    Thanks for all the input.

    Brad, do your white silkies have turquois earlobes?
  6. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I know silkies are an exception to the earlobe rule. Mine have blue earlobes and lay a light cream colored egg. McMurray lists them as laying a white egg, so I was a little disappointed that the egg was really cream colored. But I love my little Silkies, so I don't care. [​IMG]
  7. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    The blue ear lobes in silkies I belive is a genetic trait, Must be different for all hens as far as egg color goes.... I have a while silkie that lays white eggs and a buff that lays brownish eggs. If a silkie doesn't have blue lopes I belive its a defect in the bird !!
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
  9. My white Silkies lay WHITE eggs. My Black Silkies lay a darker TAN egg, sometimes with specks in them. Other varieties lay somewhere in the middle. I think it really depends on the bird and its bloodlines and how its been bred in the past.

    True Silkies will probably all vary from a white to a cream color. Hatchery birds, and mixed pen Silkies, well you just never know what your going to get, since you can't be certain what they are mixed with....

    I've NEVER heard the earlobe thing, so thanks for that little tid bit of info!

    And someone mentioned Silkies not having turquoise blue earlobes. Its not a defect, but it is a disqualification in the showring.
  10. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    Really? I love the turquoise blue ear lobes! It's so funky looking on both the white and blue girl.
    What color are they supposed to be?

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