Ordinary Mexican hen lays green eggs
An ordinary-looking hen with
brown feathers has cause quite a stir in Cuautitlan, a small village north of
Mexico City, because every day she lays an egg with a green
According to the hen's
owner, Elvira Romero, who is a housewife who got the hen as part of a government
aid package to help villagers, the hen looks just like any other in the yard,
however, the owner says that since 5 December she has been laying green
So far, there is no explanation for the colour
of the eggs, even though the chicken is fed exactly the same as the others -
corn, tortillas and chicken feed. "Well, my children say 'Oh Mummy, God
looks favourably on you so that you were given as a prize a chicken that lays
green eggs'," said Romero with a smile.
Scientists believe that
shell colour - which does not affect the colour or flavour of the yolk or white
- is determined by the genes, and say blue or green shells are frequently found
in the Araucana chicken strain.
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