Unusual Off White Egg: Who's is it?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hhendrix25, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. hhendrix25

    hhendrix25 New Egg

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    So I have 5 hens. 2 RIR, 1White Rock, 1 White Leghorn and 1 Dom.

    They all molted this year except my White leghorn. They all stopped laying (on a daily occurrence) during December. I would get maybe 1 egg every 2 days. The leghorn completely stopped until two weeks ago. Since they she's been laying a large white egg at least every other day. Well last Saturday I got a white egg, on Monday it was a light cream (I thought my eyes were just tired since it was 10pm by the time I collected eggs.) Then on Tuesday I got 4 eggs, 3 brown and 1 light tan. All the brown eggs are smaller than the white/light egg, which is always the case. Please see the picture of the eggs. Saturday's is in the middle, Monday's to the right and Tuesday's is too the left. I'm at a loss...I thought WL laid white eggs (at least she has been doing that for 2 years now.)

    Now, one of my RIR just finished her molt last week and she is completely re-feathered now. All the brown layers always laid brown to dark brown eggs. And the ones who have molted and already started laying again, (1 RIR, Dom and WR) all maintained their normal egg colors. Is it possible that my 2nd RIR has started laying again and her eggs are lighter now?

    On Saturday or Sunday I will know for sure, as I will be home all day and can check who lays what once they start singing their egg songs.

    Just thought I'd see if anyone else has had this happen. I am a little concerned if my WL hasn't laid since Saturday (4 days ago), just wanting to make sure she's not egg bound if these are indeed not her eggs. She does not show any symptoms of egg bound though. Size wise they are her's, color wise I am stumped. Thoughts?

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  2. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!

    I would think its the RIR's egg. Check over your WL good thought for being egg bound. Do you provide oyster shell? Depending on where you're from she may just be taking a break or getting ready to molt.
     
  3. maxsgoldens

    maxsgoldens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dominique. Rirs lay a very rich brown egg like what you would buy in a store
     
  4. hhendrix25

    hhendrix25 New Egg

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    That's the craziness, my dom has been laying (that I'm assuming) her normal brown eggs. All my girls, Dom, WR, and other RIR have been laying browns all week. Unless both RIR are laying now and the Dom's shell color has changed. It's definitely a mystery...

    I thought maybe the RIR bc when they first started laying their eggs were tan and darkened over time. Didn't know if molting could cause the egg shell to lighten up as when they were young layers... hope that makes sense.
     
  5. hhendrix25

    hhendrix25 New Egg

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    Never personally experienced egg bound hen before, so I've just read signs and symptoms online and she doesn't fit any of those. What does the "checking procedure" involve? Yes I do oyster shell. We are in GA. Had a few cold snaps in Jan. but for the most part been a normal winter, no snow though... temps are expected to be in the teens this coming week though.
     
  6. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    That is quite the mystery. Guess you'll have to separate them all to find out :) (bad joke)
     
  7. hhendrix25

    hhendrix25 New Egg

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    I'm putting my husband's game camera in the coop this weekend to see who's laying what! The unknown is killing me...lol!!
     
  8. KYTinpusher

    KYTinpusher Master Enabler

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    Get some good quality (professional) gel or paste food color - one color for each hen - and put a few drops in each vent. The eggs will come out spotted/streaked with color and you will know who is laying what.
     
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  9. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    Now there's some ideas. Cameras and food coloring :)
     
  10. hhendrix25

    hhendrix25 New Egg

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    What a great idea! I have gel coloring, just might do that first thing in the morning, when I let them out for the day.
     

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