Why is my egg white

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WOoHOo, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. WOoHOo

    WOoHOo New Egg

    Jul 3, 2012
    I have brown egg laying chickens. Nothing but brown I've collected for months and months now. The other day I had a white egg amongst the brown. The white egg was alone in its nest covered in egg yolk. There was no sign of a broken egg anywhere to explain the yolk. What do you think happened?

    I have 6 Rhode Island Reds and 1 black and grey spotted ( I dont know her breed)
  2. Posh Chickens

    Posh Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    West Midlands, UK
    Hi, welcome to byc!!!!

    Basically I've had this a couple of times. The egg shell may have been very weak which shows that the chicken that laid that egg hadn't had enough grit. I have been told that chickens often eat the weak shell if it is weak, leaving behind a bit of yolk (which they sometimes eat)..
  3. WOoHOo

    WOoHOo New Egg

    Jul 3, 2012
    OK, but what about the white. How does a white egg come from brown egg laying birds.
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I'd presume that there was a glitch in the process. An egg was rushed through and didn't get its brown coating (brown eggs are white eggs with a brown coating applied at the end of the process). Then, a soft shelled egg (or even one without a shell) followed. I wouldn't worry unless it continues.
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas

    I totally agree with this.

    Something you might watch for. The longer a brown egg laying hen lays, the lighter her eggs often get. How much you see this depends on what she is eating, but when a brown egg laying hen molts and stops laying, she stores up pigment to color the egg shell. As she lays that pigment can get used up.

    I’ve had a hen that lays a fairly dark brown egg right after a molt lay an egg that is pretty close to white just before a molt. You’ll notice a pullets first eggs or a hen that has just started laying after a molt have some really pretty brown eggs.

    If this is a one-off, what Debid said is what I’d go with. If the eggs are gradually getting lighter and you just noticed it, it may be due to the pigment getting used up.

    Also don’t worry about the soft shelled egg unless it becomes a normal process. What sometimes happens is that the hen’s internal egg laying factory screws up. She starts a yolk when she is not supposed to. That second yolk goes through her system but the shell gland does not have enough time to make enough shell material for a second egg. It used all it had on the first egg.

    It could be something totally different for any of this, but these are fairly common occurrences.
  6. WOoHOo

    WOoHOo New Egg

    Jul 3, 2012
    Thanks to both of you. I have been watching my chickens closer than usual thinking I was going to see one start dieing on me. Now I can ease off the chicken watching some and get back to my housework, oh joy. lol

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