Which eggs are darker?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KrystalRose, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. KrystalRose

    KrystalRose Chirping

    Jun 28, 2014
    Finley, WA
    I was hoping someone could help me, I have 4 kinds of hens who lay several shades of brown eggs. Could you try to put these breeds egg colors in order from lightest to darkest. I have a breed that is laying medium brown eggs, I think 2 breeds that lay light brown eggs and 1 breed that lays super light brown eggs, and I'm not sure which is which, although I have my suspicions.

    Buff Orpington
    Barred Rock
    Black Australorp
  2. cmchickens

    cmchickens Chirping

    Jul 9, 2014
    Bigfork, Montana
    I know it sounds a bit weird, but I heard that if you put a bit of food coloring around the vent area of each bird, and use a different color for each one, you will be able to tell which bird laid which color egg. I've never tried though, to be honest.
  3. wolfrosie

    wolfrosie In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2015
    I know based on my chickens that the Australorps lay lighter brown eggs. But in comparison to those others I am not sure how much lighter in comparison. But I would guess the Austra's are either the light brown eggs or the super light that you described. Buff Orpington I believe is a shade darker when I compare mine to my neighbours, who mainly breed RIRs but has a few of those.

    When I researched for pics on the internet I found that the Barred Rock's have the darkest eggs and Delaware dark but not as dark. However! Remember that all individual chickens can have their own unique egg shades. [​IMG]
  4. KrystalRose

    KrystalRose Chirping

    Jun 28, 2014
    Finley, WA
    ok, I was just curious as my first chick to hatch under my broody came from my darker eggs. Its dad is a cuckoo maran but it has a lighter head than the marans did as babies. Although I didn't get a good look at it, as mom was being a little protective.

    Funny, for some reason I thought the dark eggs were coming from my australorps, but I guess I could have gotten that backwards. Its been too cold out there for me to wait around watching which girls lay which egg, or I would have tried that.

    Thanks for the replies!
  5. song of joy

    song of joy Crowing

    Apr 22, 2012
    Central Pennsylvania
    Egg color can vary not only between these breeds, but also within each of these breeds, so the range of color will be specific to your hens.

    For example, I have 2 barred rocks right now from 2 different hatcheries. One lays a light, pinkish-brown egg, while the other lays a medium brown egg with a few speckles. Other barred rocks I've had have ranged in egg color from light beige to medium brown. My australorps tend to lay the lightest colored eggs.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2015
  6. KrystalRose

    KrystalRose Chirping

    Jun 28, 2014
    Finley, WA
    ok, good to know
  7. WNCcluck

    WNCcluck Chirping

    Aug 1, 2014
    Mountains of WNC
    We have a Buff Orpington and a Black Australorp (among others). Quite honestly, I can't tell much difference in the color of their eggs. They're both a lovely light brown.

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