Why did my brown egg layers just lay a white egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Yardvark, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. Yardvark

    Yardvark New Egg

    Oct 8, 2009
    I have two RI Reds and a Plymouth Rock. All lay brown eggs, but today one of them produced a fully formed and hardened white egg. Is this just a fluke? Or an indication? It looks fine. Is it safe to eat?
  2. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

    Apr 7, 2009
    Is there any chance that the birds might be cross breeds? Could you post a picture of them to be sure of the breeds? I have never personally had a brown egg layer lay a white egg but maybe some of the more experienced people here can offer a good explanation.
  3. deeretruck

    deeretruck New Egg

    Aug 16, 2009
    Gates, NC
    One of my buffs layed a perfect white egg just as it would come from the store. They just started laying though a month ago and it was one of their first. I thought maybe she was just unexperienced.[​IMG]
  4. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Yep, it's a fluke. Happens sometimes.

    Absolutely you can and should eat it!
  5. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    The brown pigment is the last to be deposited on the shell and sometimes they get laid early. It's just a fluke like shell-less eggs and such that happen every now and again.

    We have 2500 Hisex Browns and I see a couple of "rubber" and white eggs everyday.

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