WHO laid this egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frankenchick, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 12 chickens -- 10 of which I am certain are hens/pullets. I have two that I am not sure of.
    The egg I got today is a lovely chocolate brown.

    3 NHR (pretty sure it's not them); 3 BO (ditto); 2 BR (ditto); 2 WR (ditto); 1 BLRW (but it's saddle feathers seem awfully pointy to me); 1 Aracauna (not positive -- maybe girl -- but don't they lay other-colored eggs?)
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    My bet would be the NHR.

    ETA: BO and BR lay light brown eggs.
     
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  3. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. Actually, one of my NHRs (Mrs. Batty) did start out laying this color egg. After a couple of weeks, they changed to light brown with chocolate speckles (I can always ID her eggs). What does this mean, if she is the one laying the all-choco eggs?
     
  4. Quillgirl

    Quillgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe Arucanas can lay brown eggs... something like a 1 in 4 chance. Especially if they are "easter eggers" and not true aruncanas.
     
  5. evonne

    evonne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is she just starting back to laying after a molt?? or has she taken a couple days off?? the one who was laying the speckled eggs?? could be that start of the cycle thing... ??? maybe??
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I have a BR who lays a milk chocolate type egg usually and one who lays a pretty dark chocolate brown egg. The NHRs I had laid an egg similar in shape and color to my Delawares, a peachy-tan with shiny finish. Hard to say since it's really individual.


    I'm betting your "Araucana" is an Easter Egger. All true Araucanas and Ameraucanas lay blue eggs. EEs can lay any color egg, being crossbreeds, but they more often than not lay green ones. Many EEs lay brown eggs.

    Where in the cycle does matter. Eggs lighten up over time as they lay more and more.
     
  7. Chic Chick

    Chic Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Speckledhen can you post a picture of your BR eggs you're talking about? I'm by no means an expert on breeds but could those dark egg layers be cuckoo marans instead of barred rocks? I have marans and you described most of their egg colors.
     
  8. Sequin

    Sequin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YAY!!! You got a choco-egg!!! Sure wish my girls would lay a chocolate egg!! [​IMG] My guess is whoever has been eating the hershey's kisses is the one who laid the choco-egg! hee hee hee....
     

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