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Poultry Parley
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Richard    Posted 09-07-2001 at 05:32:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have White Leg Horn's, that supply us with white eggs. Was in the neighbors barn and watched him reach under one of his white hens and pull out a brown egg. What's up? Something he's feeding them?

Okie-Dokie    Posted 09-07-2001 at 17:54:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Are you sure they are leghorns? I have some white rocks that lay brown eggs. The look somewhat like fat leghorns.

mugsy3    Posted 09-07-2001 at 09:33:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's not the hen's feather color that shows the color of the egg it lays. The little piece of flesh just near the ear (the ear lobes) shows the color of the egg that the hen lays. If it is red, she lays brown eggs. If it is white, she lays white eggs. Egg shell color is determined by genetics not by what the hen is fed. Exceptions to the red-ear-lobe rule are Crevecouer, Dorking, Lamona, Redcap, Sumatra, which lay white-shelled eggs. Araucana and Ameraucana lay blue-green eggs.

Are these Leghorns that he has? There are white feathered birds that aren't leghorns, Cornish for example. They could also be crossed with a leghorn and not inherited the white-shelled egg trait.

DHunter    Posted 09-07-2001 at 08:52:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was told that the color of the tiny feathers over the chickens ear will tell you what color eggs they'll lay. Sounds a little far fetched but it's pretty true with the chickens we have.

Tom A    Posted 09-07-2001 at 08:42:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Egg color depends on the breed: some naturally lay white eggs, others lay brown, and one breed actually lays light blue and green eggs.

We've got Dominiques, an old breed that lays brown eggs--many old timers around here refer to brown eggs as 'farm eggs.' No difference in nutrition or anything else, just shell color.


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