Strange egg??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cavendish Chickens, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    (2 eggs total today again, like yesterday)

    Okay, so we go out this morning around 7:15 and find an egg outside the coop on the ground. First abnormal thing noticed. All the other eggs my girls lay are always in the nest box. I go over to pick it up and it is extremely small and white. It also seems to have blood smears on it, like whichever girl laid it had a rough time. Now, my girls are leghorns and that breed normally lays white eggs. But our roo is a speckled sussex, which came from a brown egg.... hence the girls have been laying brown eggs. My guess is that this egg didn't get fertilized. Not sure why it's so small... perhaps because my girls only just started laying end of last week. But bloody streaks? Anyone have opinions on this egg? Would it be edible, or should we toss it? Any other opinions about it?

    Gloria
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    Mable
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    our roo Precious Boy
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    all the eggs we've gathered to date 11/26 - 12-4 (see that white egg?)
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    Here's a close up of that white egg...
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    The first six eggs were brown and medium to large sized. The egg after the white egg was also brown. Any and all logical opinions welcome. Please. Thanks.
     
  2. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    since they just started laying, i would guess someone got surprised by needing to lay the first egg- the first egg can have a bit of blood- a couple of mine had that happen... are they getting oyster shell also?
     
  3. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Leghorns lay white eggs your roo has nothing to do with the color of the eggs are you sure they are leghorns?
     
  4. kerriliane

    kerriliane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find with my chickens.. my white ones lay white eggs, and my brown ones lay brown eggs... and my ones that are mixed colours tend to be easter eggers!
     
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  5. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It wasn't the first egg... and Yes they are leghorns.
     
  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Umm, not sure about the strange eggs, but your girls aren't leghorns and the roos breed doesn't have anything to do with what color eggs the hens lay. I'm not a breed expert at all, but I'd guess white rock for the hens. Notice the red earlobes? Usually (there are a few exceptions, but I can't remember them offhand) red earlobes = brown egg layers.

    Do you have pictures of all your girls? Maybe you have a mixed bag and there's a leghorn or two in there that just started laying. It's not uncommon for a pullet to get confused and lay in the yard or even while on the roost when she's first getting started. Lovely healthy looking chooks you have!
     
  7. Cavendish Chickens

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    These are the only birds I have. I hatched my roo, and I bought the leghorns girls from a local guy who has his birds separated by breeds with their own pens and coops.
     
  8. mandyp

    mandyp Out Of The Brooder

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    That white hen looks exactly like my white rock. What are those 2 in the picture behind her?

    Oh, now I see. The brown leghorn pic is posted twice. I'd swear that white hen is a rock. She doesn't have white earlobes like leghorns are supposed to have.
     
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  9. Cavendish Chickens

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  10. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    K... found a white rock... it does look like her. I guess the guy we got her from isn't that smart. I still love her to death though no matter what breed she is. She's sweet and beautiful. Reminds me of a snow white dove.


    white rock hen.... www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Plymouth-Rock-B85.aspx
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