Hens That Lay Blue Colored Eggs
Chicken keeping is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds and it’s not unusual these days to find out that your neighbors have a few hens. One of the fun things about chickens is that they don’t all lay the while eggs that we commonly find in the grocery store. Ever read the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham”? Believe it or not, there are hens that lay green colored eggs and/or blue colored eggs instead of white or even brown eggs. Anyone who has ever tasted a fresh egg will agree that they are the best eggs they have ever tasted. It can be really hard to go back to store bought eggs after you have had a “real” egg that was freshly laid.
I love all of my chickens but the hens that lay blue colored eggs are my favorites. I give eggs to my family and friends and I’ve had several people ask me why I dyed the eggs! There are a number of different breeds that lay different colored eggs and many are readily available here in the United States.
Chicken Breeds That Lay Blue Colored Eggs
The Araucana breed lays blue tinted eggs and they are very commonly confused with the Americauna breed of chickens. The Araucana is a pure breed bird and is not commonly found at hatcheries. This being said, it is very common to find hatcheries selling “Araucana’s but they are actually “Americaunas”. In order to find pure bred Araucana hens that lay blue colored eggs, you usually have to find a breeder that specializes in them.
The Americauna on the other hand is very common and are usually found in the “Easter Eggers” selection that are commonly sold in chicken hatcheries. Easter Eggers are very popular as they lay blue / green eggs in various shades. There is no way to predict what color eggs these hens will produce until they actually start laying which I think is half the fun.
Three breeds, the Marans, the Banyelders and the Welsummers lay very rich dark chocolate colored eggs that are truly stunning. Cochin hens lay eggs that have a slight tint that can range to a yellowish brown egg. Naked Neck and Turkens will lay eggs that are a creamy light brown or sometimes even have a yellow tint. It is not unusual for Plymouth Rock hens to lay pinkish tinted eggs. The Catalana and Aseel breeds also lay eggs that are tinted. The Egyptian Favoumi hens will lay eggs that are an off white.
Are Chickens That Lay Colored Eggs Right For You?
Before you decide to purchase any breeds just for their color, make sure that they meet your needs. Some breeds of hens are not prolific egg layers which is a problem if you want regular egg production. Other breeds are known to be flighty or not very friendly which could be a problem if you want hens that you and your family can interact with.
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