Why are my white chickens laying brown eggs ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by poopnroost, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. poopnroost

    poopnroost Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2012
    Killingly CT
    I have 3 RI reds and I thought my white ones were RI whites ??? I was always told white chickens lay white eggs and other chickens lay brown ..sorry if I sound like an idiot Im new at all this ,,but Ive been getting all brown eggs ,,some lighter then others nad the only chickens I see in the nesting boxes are my whites so Im a little confused
  2. galefrances

    galefrances Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2012
    Newstead, NY
    It's not the color of their feathers that dictates the color of the egg, but the color of their ears. Red ears lay brown eggs, white ears lay white eggs.
  3. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

    Jul 29, 2012
    Oregon City, OR
    My Coop
    Chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs, red ear lobes lay brown. EE's lay green to blue tinted eggs.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Can you show us a photo or two or your birds? Love to see 'em.
  5. RedStarLady1207

    RedStarLady1207 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 4, 2012
    Maryland, USA
    I have a Red Star named Rita who has white ears and she lays brown (medium tan) eggs. Her ears look like fancy white earrings from a distance they stand out so much. The other two have red ears. Maybe her ears will turn red when she is older. Seems there is always an oddball breaking the rules! lol
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2012
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Just so everyone is on the same page, here is one of my white hens, who lays a brown egg, of course. Note she has white ear flaps, but red ear lobes below them.

  7. heybarb

    heybarb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2012
    North Carolina
    I have a white hen that lays brown eggs as well. Not sure what kind she is, but from the TSC list of possible pullets, I think she's a Tetra Tint. She's our favorite girl, and here's her picture:
  8. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2012
    Although some do, not all white chickens lay white eggs. For example, I have two white hens. One is a White rock and lays brown eggs, and the other is a White Leghorn and lays white eggs. The color of the chickens have nothing to do with the egg color. If you want white eggs, look up some other breed that lay eggs. And yes, you can look at their earlobes. That will tell you what color they are supposed to lay.
  9. poopnroost

    poopnroost Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2012
    Killingly CT
    Hi Guys thanks that helps ..Now I seem to have a problem one of my girls is acting odd not eating alot not interested in treats and isnt running and playing as usual I also noticed her hind end seems to stick out or up more then the others ... I have added a pic of her hiding under the coop and her sibling next to her you can see the difference in the hump I took her from the pen and felt her belly and checked to see if I could see anything stuck in her bottom area and I couldnt see anything ..Im new to all this and its frustrating because Im not sure if she is having a problem or not ..I have also found a few eggs in the same nesting box in the morning do they share ?? or is someone laying more then one egg ??? anyway any info wou

    ld be great thanks
  10. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Yes, it is not uncommon for up to 8 or 9 birds to all pile up their eggs into a clutch, in the one, extra special, anointed laying nest. Common.

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