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Which breeds lay which diff colored eggs?  Of course, other than the more common white and brown eggs. I am looking into raising a flock with 15 or so hens that would give me some rainbow colored eggs. What diff colored eggs are out there? What breeds are good egg layers (colored eggs of course)? Any info or ideas that would help me make a decision on what diff breeds to go with, would be greatly appreciated

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TRUE Ameraucanas lay blue eggs...or go with Easter Eggers, you could get blue, green, pink, or brown eggs from them... wink

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welcome-byc This is an awesome chart that will answer a ton of questions for you.  Basically if a chicken has white ear lobes it lays white eggs and red earlobed chickens lay brown with a few exceptions for the tinted egg layers. 

This is henderson's breed chart http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

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eggs mostly from Julie gabbard
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/39089_amyseggsinrcom.jpg 
S=Serama (from SilverPhoenix) PP=Partridge Penesedenca BV=Barnevelder (mine) WS=Welsummer LB=Light Brahma BCM=Black Copper Marans

eggs from my Barnevelders... the darker ones are from the Johan hen (breed selected for winter eggs-color is a bonus)
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/39089_eggs1223.jpg

ETA: I like that chart... but have to note... it says LaFleche hens are non brooders.... the one we had was the fiercest, stealthiest brooder we ever had; she hid a huge nest in DH's workshop more than once.  And the Barnie eggs aren't as dark as they say, at least mine aren't.


Edited by Laurieks - 4/8/10 at 11:40pm

barley fodder for chickens & goats; in nestable plastic trays, cover barley with water & a squirt of bleach for 2 days, drain, rinse 2x day, nest trays to day 3, then open to air, to chickens day 5, goats day 7.

Barley from www.azurestandard.com

Grains like pressure from above for 3 days, as if buried.

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barley fodder for chickens & goats; in nestable plastic trays, cover barley with water & a squirt of bleach for 2 days, drain, rinse 2x day, nest trays to day 3, then open to air, to chickens day 5, goats day 7.

Barley from www.azurestandard.com

Grains like pressure from above for 3 days, as if buried.

Amommamust on YouTube helped me

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Click on the Breed link (top of the page)  it tells you what color all the breeds lay, and how well they lay.

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post #6 of 18

To get a good variety, you can start out with brown and white. . . Then move on to things like Easter Eggers (advertised as Ameraucanas at hatcheries, but they're not) as they will give you green, blueish green, or pinkish brown eggs. Also, there are chocolate brown egg layers like Marans, Welsummers, and Penedesencas. Then there's Olive Eggers (marans x EE) and also pink egg layers like Jersey Giants or Brahmas. smile

Oh but if you want true blue, go with Ameraucanas, particularly black ones. smile

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=4439-egg-color-chart

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is a link to a color chart with pics Cat Critters (user name) is currently working on. There is a thread currently running on Chicken Behaviours and Egg Laying.
CJ

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I too, am on the quest for a 'rainbow' of egg colors... My Barred Rocks lay pinkish brown, my BO lay pale brown, my RIR lay dark brown, one of my EE lay a minty green w/ brown spots. The other lays a  darker green egg (it is more round) and my true Ameraucana lays a bright aqua blue colored egg..  Several times a week, they all lay and the color in my basket makes me soooo happy..

I am looking to add a few Marans (chocolate brown), true Ameraucanas( more blue), EE (surprise colors) and a white egg layer (maybe Brown Leghorn) to my flock this fall.. Good luck..

2 RIR, 2 BO, 1 BR,  4 true Ameraucanas, 2 Black Copper Marans  --looking to add a few SLW, GLW and Blue Copper Marans --Oh, the Chicken Math!!!
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2 RIR, 2 BO, 1 BR,  4 true Ameraucanas, 2 Black Copper Marans  --looking to add a few SLW, GLW and Blue Copper Marans --Oh, the Chicken Math!!!
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Funny!  I guess it's a common chickie goal to have a colorful egg basket in the fridge! Here's what I have:
Cochins-light brown, white, & speckled
Buff Oprs-brown
Cuckoo Maran-darker brown
Black Copper Maran-chocolate
Olive Eggers-OLIVE GREEN!!!(very cool)
Easter Eggers-Blue/ Green/ Pinkish
Speckled Sussex-light brown

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Only By His Grace,
The Wilford Family...My Sweet Hubby Jim, and my four boys:
Jefferson, Benjamin, Lincoln-James, and Washington
HATCHING EGGS FOR SALE!!!  Sizzled Leghorns, Frizzled Seramas & Coming Spring of 2012 White Sizzled Polish!
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other than the EE's tented eggs, if you wanted all shades of brown, you can go with RSL chickens.  I have mostly RSL chicken and I get all shades of browns.  some are quite dark, and some are very light.  then my ee's give me green and on gives pinkish

but it's a real crap shoot on what you're going to get with them, because you don't really know the parent stock.

here is an example of what I get (this is from my incubator last year) it's all I have as far as a group of eggs.  I don't know if I have any in the coop right now.  just sold all my eggs yesterday, so none really to take pics of

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f138/thompson589741/the%20Chickens/day21.jpg

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