Egg colour

Location
Cumbria
We have 24 Hens that produce free range eggs. They are out from 12 until dark with literally free range over the garden (term loosely used😂) and fields close.

Have noticed since we have had to have them housed due to bird flu that the shells have gone very light in colour and I was thinking that when outside again they would darken of their own accord but they haven’t.

Nothing in their diet has changed.

The shell’s don’t seem particularly weak but it does worry me that they are not as strong.

Is there anything that I can do to darken them or is it just a genetic thing from each different hen

Thanks
 

Alias

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Lancashire
She’ll colour usually gets lighter as they get further into lay. In dark brown egg breeds such as the Welsummer, the first eggs are usually the darkest.
 
Location
Cumbria
In the grand scheme of thing I guess colour doesn’t matter but I do find the lighter they are the more brittle the shell seems to be. Hence my question re colour should maybe have been more re strength of shell and not colour. But I didn’t know the got lighter with age, so every day’s a school day
 

Netherfield

Member
Location
West Yorkshire
Fact is we're defeating nature really, in nature no bird was ever going to lay so many eggs in a year without artificial light and selective breeding.

We used to find hens which had been challenged with Infectious Bronchitis would lose their shell colour and never return even when treated for the problem.
 
Egg color is put onto the shell around 5 hours before laying. The darker the shell the longer it takes to coat it. Lack of vitamin A+D and pituitary gland can be helped by direct sun or Cod Liver oil put on feed.
 

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