White egg from NH hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Singlemaple, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. Singlemaple

    Singlemaple Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2010
    Merrimack NH
    I went out to collect my eggs and under one of my NH hens was a very large white egg ( i only get the XL eggs from my NH the EE's lay really tiny eggs in comparison.) it was really warm and the bloom was not completely dry i patted the hens back she squatted and laid a large brown egg they are the same size but one is brown and one is white?

    did she lay two? My EE's lay medium green/blue never have i ever had a white egg laid from any of my hens.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Even green and brown layers will occasionally pass a white egg. It just got passed through the paint booth too quickly. LOL

    The pigmenting is very superficial and sometimes, the coating just doesn't happen. Later in the hen's laying cycle, just prior to some down time and a moult, the eggs get lighter and lighter in color, I've noticed.

    As to who laid the egg you found? Any one of them could have, I suppose. One time fluke? You'll find out in the coming days.
  3. Singlemaple

    Singlemaple Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2010
    Merrimack NH
    all of our hens have 4 leg bracelets on the top one is the month they hatched and the other 3 are the identifiers the hen that the white egg was under wad Blue ( march ) white green red.. none of our hens are molting and no other hens where in our coop..
  4. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    The color is the last part of the 'egging' process. No worries.
  5. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2008
    Palominas, Arizona
    Laughing out loud at "paint booth"!!!!! [​IMG]

    I think I read somewhere that this can happen if the hen becomes disturbed on the nest. Like, the attention to detail on my projects at the office on Friday afternoons!

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