Why are my white egg laying chickens suddenly producing brown eggs

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by benjamin163, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. benjamin163

    benjamin163 New Egg

    Nov 11, 2016
    My mum has had chickens for 10 years.
    Her latest batch have always laid white eggs.
    Then suddenly the other day, brown ones appeared.
    I have looked on this forum and seen it's not uncommon for brown eggs to turn white.
    But I can't see any reports at all of white egg layers suddenly turning to brown ones.
    Any ideas on why this has happened would be gratefully received.
    (It's not a problem btw. The eggs are lovely. We're just interested enthusiasts)
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    Have you gotten any new chickens lately? And younger birds that may just now be coming into lay?
  3. benjamin163

    benjamin163 New Egg

    Nov 11, 2016
    Thanks for the reply.
    My mum got a four month old Sussex about six months ago.
    She introduced it to the pen where there was already an unspecified grey which had been laying white eggs very successfully.
    From the number of eggs my mum retrieves she presumes both of them have been laying (she was getting roughly a couple every three days) but suddenly a batch of three brown ones have appeared.
    The only explanation we have is that these are the first eggs of the Sussex. But why would she have taken so long to start laying?
    Your thoughts gratefully received.

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