Variations in brown egg shades?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by seeker411, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. seeker411

    seeker411 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 10, 2011
    Southern Ohio
    Any idea what causes my all-buff brahma flock, eating the same feed mix, lays differently-shaded brown eggs? I have some that are pale - like a tan color, and some that are dark brown. Sometimes there are little speckles on them! Ideas?

  2. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Just like a woman's period, all hens are a little different. Even a baby by the same parents will be different. I thinkk the. Same is true for hens and their eggs.
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    It's also because hatchery stock brown egg layers are bred mostly for production, thus uniformity isn't the objective. I've seen it in Wyandottes and the sort too. My hatchery girls laid anything from a decent brown to a nearly white color, while the non-hatchery girls were very uniform of a light brown/pink shade. Same goes for the Brahmas I have. Blue Partridge and Partridge have all been pretty uniform, Lights from McMurray range in shape and color as well as speckles.

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