Why have white eggs when you can have blue ones?
You don't have much choice when you're buying chicken eggs from the store -- you're getting white ones, light brown or maybe dark brown eggs. But if you're raising your own chickens, you have the opportunity to be a little different. The key is choosing the right hens.
Certain chicken breeds are a bit more creative in laying their eggs than others, and with the right breeds you can get eggshell pigments in a variety of colors ranging from greens to blues to yellows and more. Even within one breed you'll find variations in eggshell color depth, with some eggs being a lighter hue and others being much darker. It can add fun to collecting the eggs, since you never know just what you'll find in your chicken coop.
Here are four amazing breeds of chicken that can help you break the mold with incredibly colored eggs.
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4 Chickens That Lay Blue Eggs
The true Araucana breed originated in Chile, a combination of the Collonocas and the Quetros chicken breeds. Araucanas are rumpless (without a tail head) and often tufted, and the breed is exceptionally rare since the tufted gene causes many of the chicks to die in their shells.
True Araucanas are only available through breeders, and they will always lay blue eggs.
The Ameraucana breed is a bit more common than Araucanas, as they do not have the Araucana's inherent breeding problems.
Rather than ear tufts, they have muffs and a beard. They are easy-going birds, known to be both hardy and sweet. Their eggs are always blue, and they even have blue or "slate" colored legs.
Cream Legbar Chickens
The Cream Legbar chicken originated in Great Britain, when chicken keepers crossed Barred Plymouth Rocks with golden Leghorns and Araucanas. These friendly birds are fabulous foragers that love to be outside and are great at avoiding predators.
They are also "autosexing," meaning males and females can be differentiated with 100 percent certainty upon hatching. Legbars lay eggs that are always a blue color, but may range from a true sky blue to light turquoise or even slightly green egg shell colors.
Easter Egger Chickens
The Easter Egger is not a real breed but a mixed-breed chicken that does not conform to any breed standard. However, they are a popular choice among chicken owners because they are friendly, smart, hardy, and lay well in the winter.
This breed of backyard chicken lays large to extra-large eggs in a variety of egg colors, including blue, green, rose, brown, sage, olive, and cream. Many hatcheries mistakenly label their Easter Eggers as Araucanas or true Ameraucanas, so beware if you are looking to show your chickens.
However, if you are simply looking for friendly and hardy chickens different color eggs, Easter Eggers may be a great choice, as well as Olive Eggers, Marans, Pea Combs, or Welsummers. For more chickens that lay colored eggs, fill up your egg basket by visiting the American Poultry Association.
Consider the breed's personality and characteristics when making your choice to add blue egg-laying birds to your backyard flock, but if colorful eggs are what you're after, you can't go wrong with any of these blue egg layers.
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