Whose eggs are these?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chkncatlady, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. chkncatlady

    chkncatlady Just Hatched

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    My girls are 18-19 weeks old and I've officially gotten my FIRST EGGS! It's been more exciting than I even imagined. My curiosity is killing me though, since I have no clue which chicken(s) are laying. I have a Rhode Island Red, a Black Sex Link, and a Silver Laced. I got the first egg 7/5, 2nd 7/7, and 3rd 7/8. They are all 3 slightly different shades of brown, and all very tiny. After much research and some invasion of privacy, I suspect the Silver laced and possibly my RIR (to my surprise). The girls' hipbones still all feel very close (2 fingers or less) together, but their vents evoke my suspicions
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    Do any of your more experienced eyes know which one these may belong to or if maybe they are from different sources??[​IMG]
     
  2. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you say silver laced do you mean silver laced wyandotte or polish? or something else.
     
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    The hen who laid the egg on the right has white ear lobes the three eggs on the left are consistent with RlRs. Who can tell what color a polish hens' ears are. Hens don't always lay dark brown eggs even if they are bred to. Hens have a limited supply of pigment that is deposited on the outside of the eggshell approximately 30 minutes before the eggs is laid. Besides ALL chicken eggs are white inside or next to the eatable portion of the egg so in almost 70 years I have never understood people thinking brown eggs are tastier/healthier/ or is in any way superior to an egg with a white shell.
     
  4. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So do most Polish's lay white eggs??
     
  5. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    All Polish lay white eggs.
     
  6. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm guessing the white egg on the right is a store bought egg for comparison.

    My RIR used to lay (before she decided to retire!) torpedo shaped eggs like the middle brown one, but that doesn't necessarily mean your RIR laid it. The other two are slightly rounder shaped, which would suggest that you probably have two different hens laying, but without seeing the hens and watching their demeanour, it would be impossible to say for sure which hens were laying. If you spend some time with them, I'm sure you will figure it out pretty soon. I know when my hens started singing the egg song I was in and out of the coop every 5 mins checking the nest boxes.... often to be disappointed.... but when you eventually find an egg, it is somehow the most amazing thing in the world!....even though you got hens for that reason!!

    Anyway, congrats on getting your first eggs. I hope there are lots more to come and good luck figuring out who laid which.... it's all part of the fun.... although it becomes a little more complicated when you have 30 or 40 hens like I do. Some I know without a shadow of a doubt because they lay unusual colours or shapes or speckled ones or really large ones or tiny ones. One I have lays small drop shaped eggs with a rough pointy end that is an incredibly pretty blue but fades to a very, very pale blue over the rest of the egg. It seems amazing to me that egg farms produce such uniform eggs! But then I do have a flock of mostly barnyard mutts, so lots of variation is inevitable.

    Best wishes

    Barbara
     
  7. kgb6days

    kgb6days Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My son in law is CONVINCED he can tell a brown egg from a white egg by the taste only. Can't convince him otherwise either. I guess that means I can't give him any of my white eggs
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  8. pauleberly

    pauleberly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know several people like that. I have tried convincing them that most of the brown eggs they received were from a personal farm and thats why the taste is different.

    I also have some people that do not want my eggs because they come from a chickens butt, so they would rather go to the store and buy them....
     
  9. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When they first start laying you will see some small funky shaped eggs before they settle into what they look like long term. My Barred Rocks first eggs were tiny, little bigger than quail eggs Now they will barely fit in XL cartons. My smaller BR lays a medium almost chocolate egg. My deceased Cuckoo Maran laid large light brown eggs vs the chocolate eggs that is the breed standard.
    Can't wait to see what I get out of my Silver Leghorm x EE crosses!
     
  10. chkncatlady

    chkncatlady Just Hatched

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    The white egg is store bought and there for comparison purposes. Sorry for the confusion. As far as which kind of silver laced, my guess is Wyandotte, but they didn't specify when I adopted her. Love hearing all your egg tales! I must Google this song....
     

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