QDoes the strength of the colour of an eggshell give an indication of the quality of the bird
AAndy Cawthray says: Not really, unless you are using the hen for producing exhibition eggs. Good colouring of eggs in, for example, Welsummers or Marans, is most visible at the beginning of the laying season. However, as the hen lays more and more eggs during the season, her ability to colour them so intensely diminishes. Think of the process being similar to an inkjet printer - the start of the season being a new cartridge that slowly runs down over the year. A hen laying strong solid brown eggs in September is a hen that hasn’t been laying many eggs (or using her inkjet printer much).