Originally Posted by Eggscoozme
Are your Biels almost a year old? Mine didn't show these traits till they were nearing 1yr
Do all your CLB lay blue eggs? Most people I've spoken with have CLB's that lay greenish-blue (really green) or green. (If the stars and moon are all lined up just so, a green egg can look greenish-blue if you know what I mean.) Never have I seen such a blue egg by CLB's that looks like the bold color blue so often pictured on the internet. People must alter the pic.
I know others have had the same issues as I have with GFF, so........
I have a CCL & an EE that lay sky blue eggs like you see online. It starts out sky blue & then quickly fades to a lighter blue as the laying season progresses. Most of my other EEs lay shades of green-blue or green. I never realized how lucky I was to get the egg assortment I got. A friend of a friend decided to get out of showing/breeding chickens when he started breeding pigeons. (called them rollers & showed all over the country as a hobby) Anyway, his purebred Amerucanas, Leghorns, Rocks, Brahmas, etc. got put into a big mixed layer flock. Those birds were the source of my classroom eggs, which later became my first chickens. The blue egg gene is dominant, so if I breed any of my EE hens, green eggs always show up.
The CCL eggs I bought from a breeder in NC. It was a few years ago, but I'm sure hers probably came orig from GFF. Their eggs were actually blue but so were several of my EEs' eggs at the time. I decided to keep only one CCL & sold the rest. I couldn't see why they were so expensive when my "free" EEs had the same shell color. I will probably always have an EE in my flock. I find them comical & each has a unique personality. On the downside, they don't really lay in the cold months, so no colored eggs Nov-Jan. Meanwhile I fell in love with the bigger breeds like Orps & Bieles.
So what do you get when you mix an EE with a lav orp? An Easter-Orp!
She just laid her 1st egg the other day. (very unexpected since it's -5'F right now.) It was rather large for a pullet egg & extra GREEN. I expect she'll be laying Jumbos in a month or two. LOL
When taking egg pics, I try to use natural sunlight. It helps bring out the colors & prevents the flash from washing out the shell color.
Below was taken inside with a flash & the eggs look very pale
Just for fun: Below is an egg from my son's hen. (just a mutt) She's 3 1/2 yrs & still going strong.