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White egg?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nikki82, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Nikki82

    Nikki82 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I went out to collect the eggs this morning, and found this:
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    The carten clearly has more than just todays eggs, but the white egg is the mystory. On the left are Eenies eggs, I know she didn't lay it, her egg was where she usually leavs them. Then there are Meenie's light brown eggs, I didn't get one of those today. Instead I got ths white egg where I usually find Meenie's eggs. Well it isn't totally white, it has extremely small and sparce light brown spots on it. Is it possible that it's Meenie's egg, or do I have a new egg layer? There are two others that I'm waiting on to lay. I really didn't think I had any white egg layers...[​IMG]
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    My guess is that you have a new layer. Congratulations.
     
  3. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Either that, or one of them's just laid a white egg.

    Mine seem to do it for no reason whatsoever from time to time. [​IMG]
     
  4. Carolyn

    Carolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of chickens do you have? I have one of my group that sometimes lays a nearly white egg but sometimes her eggs are dark enough to blend in better with the rest; however it is not a truly white egg. That could be the case with yours but your white egg looks small, like a new layer. Sometimes they are a mixed breed you didn't expect and as I once experienced what I thought was a flock of barred rocks turned out to be something else entirely.

    Maybe tomorrow you will get eenies, meenies minees and mo.
     
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  5. Nikki82

    Nikki82 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine are Leghorn/Austrolorp crosses. 3/4 Leghorn I think; big, mostly white birds. I wasn't expecting white eggs because I know it's a recessive trait.
     
  6. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    The leghorn lays a white egg.
     
  7. Nikki82

    Nikki82 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I know leghorns lay white eggs, but I don't have any pure leghorns. They are all crossed with Austrolorps, which lay brown eggs. And since white eggs are recessive, I thought I'd only get brown eggs.
     
  8. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, I do believe white eggs are a recessive trait. But, if they are 3/4 Leghorn, then you could get white eggs. It would take two crosses for 3/4. First cross would be the initial cross of a pure Leghorn and pure Austrolorp. the offspring would be 1/2 Leghorn 1/2 Austrolorp, 100% of the offspring should lay some varying color of brown. The second cross would be a pure Leghorn to the 1/2 and 1/2 offspring. The offspring would then be 3/4 Leghorn and 1/4 Austrolorp. Of that cross 50% should lay brown colored eggs, and 50% should lay white eggs as they have both recessive white egg traits.
     
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  9. Nikki82

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    I didn't ponder the genetics like I shouuld have.

    Anyways, I solved the mystory this morning. Meenie and Moe were fighting over the nest box, and as it appeared that Meenie had already laid her egg, I locked her out and Moe in. Moe lays the white eggs with the little brown speckles. Aso it seems that Meenie laid the first egg I found of hers sometime after I went to work yesterday, because I found another egg today too. On a side note, Minie has decied that when someone is in the nest box, she should do the egg song.
     
  10. poseygrace

    poseygrace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool! I think it's fun to get a variety. [​IMG]
     

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